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Attorney Profile

Fanta Punch

Partner

Fanta Punch, Partner at M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Phone: 868  299 0981
Mobile: 868 355 7731

Bar Admissions

2006: Trinidad & Tobago

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property
  • Immigration Law (Work Permits)
  • Trusts and Estates

Profile

Fanta started her legal career with the firm in 2006 when she joined the Dispute and & Risk Management department as an Instructing Attorney practising commercial and civil litigation with particular focus on debt collection and enforcement matters.

She currently manages the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and deals with trademark prosecution matters, patent registration, as well contentious intellectual property matters including opposition proceedings, passing-off and infringement. She also represents clients with trademark agreements, copyright and patent licensing agreements.

Fanta has recently worked on:

  • Copyright infringement action on behalf of a multinational global entertainment company;
  • Trademark infringement action for an international manufacturer of household products;
  • Infringement action on behalf of an internationally renowned manufacturer and distributor of alcoholic products.

She is a member of International Trademark Association (INTA) and has served on the Courts and Tribunal Sub-Committee of INTA’s Enforcement Committee for 2007–2009.  She is currently serving on INTA’s Sub Parallel Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean for the 2014–2015 term joined the firm in 2006 as an Instructing Attorney practising primarily in the areas of commercial litigation; civil litigation; debt collection. She also has experience in Intellectual Property matters.

Publications

‘Tackling Trademark Infringement’ – Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 8 Issue 7, Nov 2014

‘Use it or Face Losing It! Protecting Trademarks Through Use’ – Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 8 Issue 5, Jan 2014

‘Shades of Grey – Navigating the Parallel Import Market’ – Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 8 Issue 3, March 2013

‘The Value of Trademark Registration’ – Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 7 Issue 5, June 2012

Professional Memberships

The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

International Trademark Association

Education

2016: LL.M International Legal Practice, University of Law, U.K.

2005: Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, U.K.

2004: Graduate Diploma in Law – University of Westminster, U.K.

1996: Post Graduate Diploma Human Resource Management, University of the West Indies

1991: B.A. (Hons.) History/Social Sciences – University of the West Indies