Two final things to report from INTA. First, even though I spent a small fortune in cab fare endlessly shuttling between downtown and the convention center, I can say that my experience in Chicago was well worthwhile. For me, the highlight was attending the “Meet the Bloggers” reception at the Billy Goat Tavern hosted by trademark blog titans Marty Schwimmer (The Trademark Blog), John Welch (The TTABlog) and Ron Coleman (Likelihood of Confusion). I also got to hang out with David Donoghue (Chicago IP Litigation Blog) and spotted longtime UK blogger Jeremy Phillips (IPKat), though I regret I didn’t get a chance to say hello. And, best of all for the blogger ego, STL readers!! I’m glad you’re out there and am grateful to Marty, John, and Ron for organizing this fine event.
Marty, John, and Mike
Second, I was surprised to hear one INTA session boasted a standing-room only crowd: the presentation on keywords. I’m not surprised that it was popular. It’s a hot topic and was led by lawyers from Google, Yahoo!, AOL, and Microsoft. But the rooms were so large that the presentation must have been attended by hundreds. Here is the Chicago IP Litigation blog’s rundown with link to a Chicago Tribune story describing the event. Since when does the press report on CLEs? This one was hot. I’m sorry I missed it (though I plan on reviewing the PowerPoint slides in the very near future).
Can you tell that I’m already looking forward to next year’s meeting in Berlin?