Foley Hoag Partner Julia Huston Named Vice Chair of Parallel Imports Committee of INTA

January 2, 2014

Julia Huston, chair of Foley Hoag LLP’s Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition Practice Group and a partner in the Intellectual Property Department, has been named Vice Chair of the Parallel Imports Committee (PIC) of the International Trademark Association (INTA).  Huston previously served as Chair of PIC's North American Subcommittee.

INTA formed the PIC to evaluate treaties, laws, regulations and procedures relating to the application of trademark law to parallel imports, and to develop and advocate policies to advance these efforts.  Parallel imports (sometimes referred to as gray market goods) refer to branded goods that are imported into an unauthorized market without the consent of the trademark owner.  Although the goods are initially manufactured with the trademark owner’s permission, consumers may be deceived or disappointed because the goods are formulated for consumer preferences in another jurisdiction and may not have the same features, characteristics and warranties as goods authorized for the domestic market.

Huston regularly advises clients on parallel imports issues, and has worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to protect their interests.  Huston's practice includes litigation, counseling and strategy in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, Internet commerce, domain name piracy, false advertising and unfair competition. She regularly advocates on behalf of clients in federal court, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in international domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

Foley Hoag’s Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition Practice Group handles all types of trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, Internet, domain name, false advertising, defamation, commercial disparagement and other unfair competition matters. The group oversees thousands of trademark registrations and applications in more than 160 countries, and assists clients in connection with registration and management of copyright, domain name, and Internet keyword registrations. The group’s lawyers also guard clients’ rights against infringement, counsel them through potential disputes, negotiate license agreements, and, when necessary, go to court to prosecute and defend trademark cases, copyright infringement cases, and other cases involving intellectual property rights and unfair competition.

About the International Trademark Association (INTA)

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global, not-for-profit association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The organization was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights.” Today, more than 6,300 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Washington D.C. and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.

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