INTA cancels its annual meeting due to coronavirus threat

coronavirusINTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting was scheduled for April 25–29, in Singapore. Last Friday, the International Trademark Association announced on its special Annual Meeting website that the event is being relocated to a date in May or June and a venue in the United States. More details are expected soon.

The decision is due to fears over the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. It follows the continuing uncertainty and guidance from the Singapore Ministry of Health to event organizers to cancel or defer large-scale events. INTA is working to reschedule its Annual Meeting in Singapore until 2022 (date in 2022 to be announced). The International Trademark Association enjoys the full cooperation of the respective government agencies in Singapore, the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, the Marina Bay Sands, and bnetwork (the  official housing provider for the Meeting),  and other Singapore vendors.

INTA will automatically be refunding the full registration fee, as well as exhibitor and sponsor fees. Given the volume of registrations and credit card processing, the refund is expected to arrive by early March. No further action is required by the participants. The organization also advises the delegates to cancel travel arrangements, hotel bookings and other plans or events in a timely manner.