Attorney Karyl Bertrand achieves major milestone for the Dutch Caribbean



Attorney Karyl Bertrand
Attorney Karyl Bertrand

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Attorney Karyl Bertrand first participated in a conference of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in 2001, an organization with over 35 thousand members from more than 180 countries. INTA is the largest association in the world dedicated to trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

The INTA conference hosts more than 10 thousand participants, mainly consisting of lawyers from various countries around the world specializing in trademark law.

Ms. Bertrand, who specializes in trademark law and intellectual property law, was approached to join the Global Advisory Council, which advises the president and CEO and the rest of the board of INTA on global issues affecting intellectual property rights, especially in Latin American and the Caribbean.

The next INTA conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., May 18 – 22, 2024.

By having accepted to join the executive leadership advisory team of the organization for the period 2024-2026, Ms. Bertrand became the first lawyer from the Dutch Caribbean to hold such an important position within INTA.

Ms. Bertrand was previously a member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee for 4 years, during which she organized policy dialogues on behalf of INTA in Jamaica and Curaçao, she also spoke in New York, U.S.A., and was a speaker in Sint Maarten, upon invitation of the Bureau of Intellectual Property of Sint Maarten and the Ministry of Justice of Sint Maarten for the Anti-Counterfeit & Intellectual Property Conference.

Additionally, Ms. Bertrand was a member of the Commercialization of Brands Committee for 2 years, which deals with the marketing and promotion of brands, franchising, and financial valuation of brands, among other things. Given her expertise, Ms. Bertrand was appointed chair of the INTA subcommittee on Sustainability and Ethical Standards Associations in early January 2024.

This appointment is already in itself a significant achievement for the Dutch Caribbean.