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The International Trademark Association (INTA) have announced the 2017 Ladas Memorial Award Competition Winners. The Ladas Memorial Award Competition is an annual writing competition hosted by INTA and supported by Ladas & Parry LLP which rewards professionals and students of intellectual property.

Professional Category Winner:
• Mr. Jake Linford of Florida State University College of Law, Are Trademarks Ever Fanciful?

Student Category Winners:
• Ms. Natalie Corthésy of Queen Mary University of London, Trade Marks, Country Names And Misappropriation of National Identity
• Ms. Alexandra Martinez of UC Hastings, The Act of Registering a Trademark: Commercial Speech, Non-Commercial Speech, or a Combination of Both?

The Ladas Memorial Award Competition was established by the partners of Ladas & Parry to honor the memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner, inductee of the IP Hall of Fame, and author, Dr. Stephen P. Ladas.

Papers are submitted in two separate author categories — one competition for students and another for professionals. In each category, the award is given to the paper which INTA judges deem as being the best on the subject of trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks.

The professional winner of the 2017 Ladas Memorial Award receives the Stephen P. Ladas’s three-volume treatise, Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights and a complimentary registration to the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting. The student winners each receive $2,500 as well as a complimentary registration to the 2017 INTA Annual Meeting. The winning papers are published in the INTA legal journal, The Trademark Reporter.

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