4 Reasons to become and remain an ECTA member

By becoming an ECTA member you will benefit from our vast experience, knowledge sharing and promotional initiatives, gaining access to highly specialized trade mark, design, copyright and related information as well as numerous European and non-European attorneys who share your interests. There are many reasons for you to consider joining the professional, yet convivial , ECTA including:

Credentials

ECTA is recognized as a peer by the European Commission, OHIM and WIPO, and has more than 30 years’ experience in promoting its members’ knowledge and professionalism. ECTA was the primary non-governmental professional association involved in the introduction of the CTM system during 1996 and has remained actively involved in the refinement and improvement of this very successful unitary trade mark system. This has been highly beneficial to ECTA members, many of whom have been actively involved in promoting, positively influencing and bringing about important changes in the fields of IP in Europe.

Knowledge

ECTA provides an ideal forum for knowledge exchange and sharing and is an accredited professional Association in many countries for trade mark attorneys, lawyers (whether in private practice or industry) and academics who wish to maintain and expand their knowledge in the fields of Intellectual Property. ECTA publishes bi-annual gazettes and ECTA Committee reports, providing updates and analysis of recent IP cases and issues. ECTA also publishes law books, produces Position Papers on topical and important IP issues, publishes pan-European IP surveys and the electronic ECTA FLASH newsletter that will arrive in your inbox every second week.

Networking and Professional Relationships

Membership of ECTA will provide you with good opportunities to expand your professional network. For example, you will be able to network with the 800+ attendees during the ECTA annual conference, participate in the specialized ECTA Committees (Anti-Counterfeiting, Advisory, Design, Geographical Indications, Harmonization, Internet, Law, Management, Membership and Disciplinary, OHIM Link, Professional Affairs, Publications), join the round table discussions that take place in the offices of ECTA members in individual EU Member States, reflect the fact of your ECTA membership in your professional stationery and on your website and identify fellow ECTA members in the online Membership Directory on the ECTA website.

Services

Well planned annual ECTA Conferences in various major European cities provide ECTA members with an ideal opportunity to learn about the most recent developments in European and other significant IP legislation, litigation and practice and participate in related discussions. ECTA also provides easy access to a well-structured and informative website as well as a professional and service minded Secretariat. These are only some of the benefits and services which you may expect, at reasonable cost, being an ECTA member.

Membership

Various categories of members exist, according to the following criteria:

Ordinary Members

(annual subscription € 255,00)

Nationals of one of the Member States of the EU having their place of business or employment in a Member State and being entitled to practice before the OHIM (Articles 88 and 89 of the EC Regulation).

Associate Members

(annual subscription € 255,00)

  • A Person who is not a national of a Member State, but who has his place of business or employment in a Member State and is entitled to practice as a professional representative before the Trade Marks Registry of the Member State in which he has his place of business or employment, or
  • A person who is entitled to practice as a professional representative before the Trade Marks Registry of the country outside the EU in which he has his place of business or employment; and,
  • in each case: unless he is so entitled by possession of a special professional qualification, has habitually so practised for at least five years; and be involved in the Trade Mark matters of the EU or Member States of the EU.
Affiliate Members

(annual subscription € 255,00)

Persons who other than as a professional representative, are involved in trade mark matters in the EC or Member States

Corporate Members

(annual subscription € 350,00)

Corporate entity either:

  • incorporated in a Member State; or
  • having a presence through an entity which is a national of a Member State or is domiciled or has a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in a Member State, and which does not provide legal advice to third parties as part of its business.
Student Members

(annual subscription € 127,50)

Nationals of one of the Member States who are undergraduates or post-graduates undertaking a full time course of study at a university in a Member State, and who have an interest in the law of trade marks and designs.

Recently graduated Members

(annual subscription € 127,50)

Nationals of one of the Member States who have completed a full time course of study and graduated from a university in a Member State, and who have an interest in the law of trade marks and designs. Application to be made within three years of completion of course.

Retired Members

(annual subscription € 127,50)

Persons who have been an Ordinary Member, an Associate member or an Affiliate member for a continuous period of no less than five years, and are no longer active in trade mark practice.