On February 25, 2020, Andrew Price was quoted in World Trademark Review on the cancellation of an AICIPI event due to coronavirus concerns. The event, titled “Aesthetic Creations: Strategie di Protezione tra Design, Non-Traditional Marks, Trade Dress e Copyright,” was due to be held in Milan, Italy. According to the article, AICIPI made the decision to cancel the trademark-focused event due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.
“The coronavirus challenges what trademark lawyers have long taken for granted: the ability to have face-to-face meetings with clients, colleagues, and foreign associates from around the world at conferences and other group events,” said Price, who was due to speak at the conference. “The coronavirus has affected more than just the INTA Annual Meeting, with smaller non-INTA events affected as well. Less than 48 hours before more than 100 of us were to assemble in Milan, Italy, for a day-long event on non-traditional trademarks like trade dress, the event was cancelled due to the outbreak in northern Italy.”