ECTA AWARD: Submit your Paper by 28 February 2024!
All IP professionals and students are invited to submit an article or essay of importance for the development of the EU intellectual property law.
For each category (professional and student) one winner will be selected, who will receive a monetary prize of €1,000 and 18 months of complimentary ECTA membership. The winners will be honoured by ECTA President at the Award ceremony during the ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp and invited to the Gala Dinner.
Furthermore, an interview with the winners will be featured in the October 2024 edition of the ECTA Bulletin, and the winning papers will be showcased on the ECTA website. The winning paper in the student category (only) will also be published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice by Oxford University Press.
Last but not least, award winners interested in attending the ECTA Annual Conference in 2024 and/or in 2025 will receive a 50% reduction on the applicable conference rate.
Consult the ECTA Award submission requirements and judging criteria and send your paper to email@example.com by 28 February 2024. Kindly indicate whether you are participating in the Professional or Student category.
All submissions will be judged by the ECTA Professional Affairs and Membership Committee with the support of other Committees and under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The publication of the winning paper in the student category is subject to the final decision of the editors of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.
EARLY BIRD Registration is Open for the ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp!
Early bird registration is now open for the 42nd ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp! REGISTER HERE!
ECTA members can attend a reduced fee. If you are not a member, JOIN ECTA before registering for the Conference!
Known as the city of diamonds, Antwerp offers a radiant setting for exploring the 'Many Facets of IP'. Secure your spot promptly to take advantage of the best pricing!
Watch the video teaser of the Conference!
The agenda is rich, covering a wide range of interests and with a focus on sustainability - a key for a better future. Check out the programme here, attendance options and prices here. Early Bird ends on 29 March!
We have secured a number of rooms at various hotels close to the Flanders Meeting and Convention Centre Antwerp (FMCCA). For details on hotel options and reservation at ECTA rates and conditions, please refer to the confirmation email received upon registration, but hurry, ECTA rooms are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis!
Attendees can expect great learning sessions on the latest IP trends and case law, as well as intensive networking in superb venues: welcome reception at Horta Grand Café (sponsored by: ALTIUS, DLA PIPER, ETHIKOS, GEVERS, INTEO, JANSON, KIRKPATRICK, NOVAGRAAF, WIGGIN), Belgian evening in the FMCCA gardens, and Gala Dinner at Handelsbeurs, the world's first purpose-built commodity exchange building.
Antwerp's central location allows easy access for many colleagues as it is seamlessly connected by high-speed train to major cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Cologne - and is just a swift 30-minute train trip to/from Brussels International Airport.
We eagerly look forward to welcoming you to Antwerp!
Conclusions from the meeting of the Circle of European Trade Mark Judges
We are pleased to inform ECTA members of the conclusions from the last meeting of the Circle of European Trade Mark Judges (CET-J), held in Prague on 28-30 September 2023.
The CET-J is an independent group of 23 judges from 19 European countries, including the UK, Switzerland, Norway, and Turkey, which meets every year in one of the European capitals to facilitate the exchange of insights and information on significant national rulings that are discussed at European level.
The judicature of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is examined with regard to national decisions, evaluated in terms of uniform application and any open questions arising.
The collaborative work carried out by the CET-J results in the summary of the most important points of discussion - the Conclusions.
Register for the ECTA Round Table in Alicante on Evidence before the EUIPO (29 February 2024)
REGISTER for the ECTA Round Table in Alicante ‘All you wanted to know about evidence before the EUIPO: from evidence of use, acquired distinctiveness, and reputation to well-known facts’.
📍 Alicante, 29 February 2024 (16:30-19:30) onsite only! 🟢 Free of charge 🌐 In collaboration with the Commercial Law Department of the University of Alicante and the IP Master Magister Lvcentinvs
The event is organised into three insightful panels: 1) What to prove 2) When to prove 3) How to prove, and distinguished speakers from the private practice, industry, EUIPO and EUIPO Boards of Appeal will share their expertise. You can consult the program here.
Following the event, please stay for networking during the cocktail reception at the university.
Due to limited capacity of the room, registration will close once maximum number is reached. We encourage you to secure your spot promptly!
The Office has recently introduced the new e-Filing Registered Community Design (RCD) form to file a design application. This form will run concurrently with the existing ones for a three-month transition period before replacing them.
From 13 April 2024, only two forms will be available: the RCD easy filing and the new RCD advanced form.
With this new form, EUIPO intends to bring various benefits, such as improving the user experience, providing a guided filing process, more flexibility with customised configurations, and the possibility to save drafts during the process.
To find out more, please read the official news here.
For more information on the new RCD form, you can watch this EUIPO webinar.