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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
  • Anti-Competition
  • General Commercial Litigation

Profile

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:

  • Representing international shoe manufacturer and distributor in anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement strategy.
  • Advising international personal care manufacturer in anti-counterfeiting & trademark infringement strategy.
  • Represented world-renown jeweler in anti-counterfeiting issues.
  • Represented international tobacco manufacturer in trademark opposition proceedings.
  • Represented well-known international entertainment conglomerate in copyright infringement matter.
  • Represented major international distributor of alcoholic products on trademark infringement issues.
  • Management of trademark portfolios for international clients in food, retail and pharmaceutical industries.

Publications

“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

Professional Memberships

The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

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:

  • the Courts and Tribunal Sub-Committee of INTA’s Enforcement Committee over the 2007 – 2009 term.
  • INTA’s Latin America & Caribbean Sub Committee of the Parallel Imports Committee [2014 – 2015 term].
  • Chairperson – Central America & Caribbean Sub Committee of the Parallel Imports Committee (2016-2017 term).

She currently sits on the Latin America & Caribbean Sub Committee of INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2018-2019)

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

Presentations

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