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Ourso Reappointed to INTA U.S. Legislation Committee
March 3, 2005

Baton Rouge intellectual property and litigation partner Justin Ourso has been reappointed to a two-year term on the U.S. Legislation Subcommittee of the Legislation & Regulatory Analysis Committee of the International Trademark Association.  Previously, Ourso chaired two INTA teams that prepared three reports: (1) whether INTA should propose legislation amending the Bankruptcy Code to provide for trademark licensing agreements, (2) whether INTA should propose legislation to amend the Lanham Act (the federal trademark statute) to provide that all categories of trademarks are capable of inherent distinctiveness, and (3) whether INTA should propose legislation to provide that, in determining the functionality of a product feature, whether  a court may consider the degree to which granting protection would hinder competition. INTA is an international association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective national and international commerce. Public policy makers rely on the International Trademark Association’s expertise on trademark issues and value the Association’s reputation for insightful and reasoned comment. Its broad focus is directed at worldwide trademark policies and practices in both the private and public sectors.

Ourso co-chaired INTA's Trade Dress Forum 2004 in New York City last October and presented the topic "Enforcing Rights in Trade Dress."