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Fall is our favorite time of year -- cooler Carolina weather, beautiful leaves & Las Vegas to see all that's new in the automotive aftermarket & specialty equipment industries. This year's trip to the AAPEX & SEMA shows marked our first business flight since the pandemic AND new company ownership. The energy of being in the convention centers, making connections (in-person) & discussing IP challenges and solutions was intoxicating. We are thankful for such opportunities - past, present & future.

All Things INTA 2021!

We are excited to participate in INTA's 2021 Annual Conference Virtual+, November 15 - 19th. With speed networking, varied programming, INTA Connect & in-person mini conferences, there is something for everyone

As a member of the Anticounterfeiting Committee, which Tamara was reappointed to for the 2022-2023 term, she also is assisting as one of the moderators for the anticounterfeiting workshop on Wednesday, 11/17, Best Practices to Combat Online Counterfeiting. She looks forward to learning from others in the industry, and facilitating meaningful discussions & idea sharing among participants.

Although we are not traveling to any of the mini-conferences, we look forward to connecting virtually with friends & colleagues, new & old from across the miles. Please reach out to Tamara if you'd like to have a 1-on-1 during INTA or anytime. We look forward to it!


Online Sellers & Drop-Shipping

At a September IP Trademark Communities Panel presented by CSC Global, we shared an overview on online sellers and drop-shipping from an investigative perspective. As an increasingly common practice among online sellers, drop-shipping presents a variety of challenges to anyone striving to protect consumers from counterfeit products. We hope it sparks an idea that supports your future efforts. If you'd like to talk it through together, please let us know


LinkedIn Group with a Fresh Lease on Life

We were recently invited to co-moderate/manage this group with the founder, Rob Holmes. As a longtime industry colleague & someone whom we've always respected, we were honored at his consideration & to accept. Since establishing it in 2008, and growing it to over 10,000 members, Rob gave us carte blanche to add our own flavor & perspective. 

To some, we might be seen as competitors -- each operating our own investigation company, heavily entrenched & experienced in the world of IP. We've both been at this a long time.

What is fantastic -- where the magic really happens & our clients, brand owners, attorneys, service partners, the industry & anyone interested in IP truly benefit -- is when we are collaborators.

We all thrive. Celebrate our wins. Learn from our mistakes. Laugh at ourselves. Share, improve & grow together. Along the way, kick ass, catch the bad guys & make the world a safer place for creators, inventors, IP owners & anyone with an idea.

If you haven't joined this group already, what are you waiting for? Consider this your heartfelt invitation to join the conversation. We look forward to welcoming you.


Unexpected Highlights From Vegas

You never know who or what you'll see in Vegas! There were multiple appearances by Jay Leno & Keith Urban, including the SEMA New Products Breakfast & the highly anticipated unveiling of Keith's '69 Mustang. It's such a sweet story on how the car ended up with him (serious points to Nicole Kidman!) & the restoration story (beyond the scenes) is even sweeter with the collaboration of SEMA members to make it all happen.