On joining the firm in 2006 Fanta spent a number of years as an Instructing Attorney/Solicitor in the Dispute and & Risk Management department representing clients in commercial and civil litigation with focus on debt collection and enforcement matters.
With her considerable litigation experience, Fanta now heads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice where she focuses on IP disputes, including IP infringement, anti-counterfeiting matters, opposition and cancellation proceeding as well as, anti-competition law issues. She is also engaged in the IP prosecution matters, IP portfolio management, advises on licensing, assignments and distribution agreements. Recent experience includes:
“Privatisation of gas stations: The potential impact on prices at the pump” T&T Guardian newspaper, November 15, 2020;
“COVID-19 Puts The Spotlight On Price-gouging”, T&T Guardian, June 21, 2020
“Should You Bother to Make A Will?, Business Guardian, 24 November 2020
“What’s In A Name? Fenty v Fenty” Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 7, June 2019
“The Secret of Confidential Information-A Snapshot of Confidentiality Issues that Can Affect Your Business” Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 5, November 2018
‘Made in T&T…A Brief Look at the Entrepreneurial Benefits of Geographical Indications’ – Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 4, March, 2018
‘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
Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago
Law Society of England & Wales
International Trademark Association
Intellectual Property Caribbean Association
Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Commerce
Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturer’s Association
Fanta Punch previously served on:
She currently sits on the Latin America & Caribbean Sub Committee of INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2018-2019)
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
2019 Presented at the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI) and AMCHAM Conference – “Anti-Money Laundering” – August 29, 2019.
2019 Presented at an INTA Information session – “Policy Dialogue on Anti-Counterfeiting between the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago”;
2018 Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Commerce “ Rethinking Intellectual Property When Going Global” Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturing Association – Annual Trade & Investment Conference 2018 – “Anti-counterfeiting – A Trinidad Perspective” Intellectual Property Office Anti-Counterfeiting Workshops for Nike Inc., The WD-40 Company
2017 “Geographical Indications: A Trinidad & Tobago Perspective” – Intellectual Property Caribbean Association Annual General Meeting
2015 “Commercialising Intellectual Property” – Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit “Policing Your Intellectual Property in an ever evolving virtual space” – Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel Seminar on Caribbean Social Media Marketing
2014 “Exploiting IP Rights” – Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel