BOSTON--(Geri L. Haight, a Member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation sections of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has been selected by the International Trademark Association (INTA) to receive the organization’s 2012 Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Services Provided by an Individual. INTA’s President Gregg Marrazzo and other members of INTA will present this prestigious award at INTA’s Leadership Meeting in Orlando, Florida on November 8th.)--
“individuals who have shown a significant commitment to providing trademark and related intellectual property pro bono legal services.”
The Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Services Provided by an Individual is one of five INTA Volunteer Service Awards bestowed each year by INTA. The Pro Bono Services award is given to “individuals who have shown a significant commitment to providing trademark and related intellectual property pro bono legal services.” Ms. Haight was recognized primarily for her long-term representation of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in the United States. Ms. Haight has represented the HRC in all intellectual property matters since 1998. In addition to her work with the HRC, Ms. Haight frequently advises pro bono clients on copyright and trademark matters and served on the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee for many years.
The INTA is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce. The organization was founded in 1878 and has since grown to count 5,900 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries among its members.
Ms. Haight is a member of the INTA’s Internet Committee, serving on its Internet Governance Subcommittee where she leads a task force on issues relating to Domain Name System Security Extensions Compliance (DNSSEC). She is a former member of the Famous and Well Known Marks Committee, where she led a subcommittee focusing on state dilution laws.
Ms. Haight has represented a diverse client base in all phases of intellectual property litigation in courts throughout the United States, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She has successfully litigated, arbitrated, and mediated trademark, false advertising, and domain name disputes and has negotiated numerous settlement and licensing agreements. Ms. Haight’s practice includes significant work in domain name law, including the management of domain name portfolios and securing domain names that incorporate clients’ trademarks through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Ms. Haight also advises clients on issues relating to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) new generic top level domain (gTLD) expansion program. Ms. Haight is the editor of the Firm’s Copyright and Trademark Matters law blog.
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