INTA Roundtable in Munich on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the GPTO



INTA in cooperation with the German Patent and Trademark Office will hold Munich's 1st Roundtable designed specifically for Paralegals and Trademark Administrators under the title:

The Cross-Cultural Role of an IP Paralegal and

an Update from the GPTO / DPMA


DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2013

TIME: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

LOCATION: German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA)

Zweibrueckenstrasse 12

80331 Munich - GERMANY

Room: DPMA Forum


The Roundtable will be held in a mix of English and German.

Paralegals have vastly different responsibilities around the globe. Join us for a discussion with a Manager of Intellectual Property from the United States about the role of the paralegal in the U.S. and what firms expect from their foreign counsel, as well as their foreign paralegal counterparts. Practical topics will be discussed and will include strategies you can apply to advance your own career.

During the second part of the roundtable a representative from the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) will give some insight on how the DPMA reviews the list of goods and services, contrary to OHIM, after the CJEU Decision "IP Translator." Also, a short update on what the DPMA intends to change in 2013 and what projects are in the pipeline will be given.

This Roundtable has been developed specifically for and attendance is limited to:

  • Paralegals (Patentanwaltsfachangestellte/r, Rechtsanwaltsfachangestellte/r, Markensachbearbeiter/in)
  • Trademark Administrators (TMAs)

Alexandra Dellmeier, LexDellmeier IP Law Firm (Germany)

Karen Holme, Sunkist Growers, Inc. (United States) - Discussion will be in English

Dr. Senta Bingener, Senior Trade Marks Examiner at the German Patent and Trademark Office - Discussion will be in German and English

12:30 pm: Arrival of the participants and small lunch and snacks
1:00 pm–1:10 pm: Welcome by the DPMA representative
1:10 pm–1:20 pm: Introduction of Speakers and Topics by Moderator
1:20 pm–1:50: Speaker: Karen Holme (Talk and interactive discussion in English)

  • Understanding the role of paralegals in the U.S.
  • Career and Career Advancement for a U.S. paralegal.
  • Responsibilities of the paralegals at Sunkist Growers, Inc.
  • What do in-house IP managers look for and expect from foreign firms?

1:50 pm–2:10 pm: Q & A
2:10 pm–2:40 pm: Speaker: DPMA Representative: Dr. Senta Bingener, Senior Trade Marks Examiner at the DPMA

  • The preparation of lists of goods and services at the DPMA (comparison to OHIM after IP Translator-Decision).
  • Current developments at the DPMA.

2:40 pm–2:50 pm: Q & A
2:50 pm–3:00 pm: Wrap up

Registration and Information
There is no registration fee for this roundtable. Small lunch/snacks are included.
Please register by Thursday, March 7, 2013 via email to
Have a questions?

Contact: Alexandra Dellmeier, LexDellmeier IP Law Firm, Nymphenburger Str. 23, 80335 Munich – Germany, Tel: ++49 (+)89 5587987 - 0