WIPO Webinar - Understanding Examination and Refusal Procedures at the EUIPO (29 June)
On 29 June (4.00 – 5.00 pm) the WIPO will hold a webinar, part of the Madrid System webinar series, about designating the EU in International Registration and the issues that may arise.
Experts from the EUIPO (Maria José Gil Berenguer and Patricia López, Operations Department) will explain the examination procedures at the EUIPO, the most common reasons for the issuance of provisional refusals and explain the specific requirements when designating the EU in an international application or subsequent designation.
The webinar will be held in English, and participants will be able to ask questions to the panellists. If you cannot attend live, you are still welcome to register to receive the video recording afterwards.
To prepare yourself for the ECTA 40th Annual Conference this week in Copenhagen, read the June edition of the ECTA Bulletin! What’s in it
🔹 ECTA President Anette Rasmussen’s welcome to Copenhagen;
🔹 IP updates in Ukraine and the wartime professional testimonies of some Ukrainian ECTA members;
🔹 Interview with Gordon Humphreys, Chairperson of the EUIPO Fifth Board of Appeal;
🔹 Articles about plant variety denominations, Turkey’s 2021 domestic trade mark and patent activity, implementation of Art. 14 of the Copyright Directive into the Italian Legislation, Trade Mark Directive and interpretation of the own name defence;
🔹 Case-law report relating to Serbian domain name petcentar.rs, UK’s High Court dispute Evans vs. Joseph Joseph Ltd & Anor and Lisbon Court of Appeal decision on trade mark No. 642 969 LIBRU;
🔹 Review of the book Living Brands by Chris Farmer, ECTA Committees’ insights and a warm welcome to new ECTA members.
The print friendly pdf version is available for ECTA members in the private site/Library.
Last but not least, a big thank you to Craig Bailey for these two years chairing the ECTA Publications Committee and all the Bulletins he and his great team have produced.
By Ganna Prokhorova, ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Member, Mamunya IP, Ukraine
I am a Ukrainian IP attorney. A proud citizen of Ukraine, a sovereign, independent, and free European country with its peaceful people. Peaceful, but also inexhaustible resistant, and brave.
With this ECTA Members’ Voice, I would like to express my appreciation for all the sympathy and support to Ukrainian IP-family members and all the people of Ukraine suffering tremendously from the Russian invasion.
The support also comes from ECTA, who refunded the 2022 ECTA membership fees to all Ukrainian members and significantly reduced registration fees for the Annual Conference in Copenhagen. We highly appreciate the help and solidarity we all receive these days.
As an active member of our IP community, I am often asked what help can be given to Ukrainian IP lawyers, apart from donations,, which many of you do. At the first glance, there are several possibilities to help IP lawyers, for instance:
• advising clients that Ukraine remains a viable jurisdiction with promising long-term prospects and significant European market share; • making the preferred Ukrainian agent as an IP Hub to former CIS countries; • continuing including Ukraine in the client’s IP filing strategy; • informing clients about continuity of service of governmental institutions in Ukraine, including UAPTO for prosecution and courts for enforcement, and a possibility to directly file national applications (patents, design, and trade marks) and also PCT national phase; • offering internships to Ukrainian IP professionals temporarily evacuated in areas of those IP attorneys who are willing to help; • sheltering Ukrainian IP professionals fleeing the war in that area; • hiring Ukrainian IP professionals temporarily evacuated for a temporary job; • providing a remote job to Ukrainian IP professionals displaced within Ukraine, etc.
If you attend the ECTA 40th Annual Conference and want to discuss in more detail the potential help you can deliver or terms of business operation in Ukraine during these unprecedented times, let’s meet during the first Coffee Break in Scandic Copenhagen at 3.30 pm, June 15, 2022. If you are not available at this time, please feel to reach out through ECTA 40th Annual Conference App, my personal LinkedIn, or contact details that you already know.
I am very much looking forward to seeing you all in a few days!
A three-month extension (Decision EX-22-5 of the EUIPO Executive Director) has recently been granted for all parties in proceedings before the EUIPO having their residence or registered office in Ukraine.
This extends all time limits expiring between 2 June 2022 and 1 September 2022, inclusive, until 2 September 2022.
Also, Mr Christian Archambeau, EUIPO Executive Director, recently met Mr Andrew Kudin, Director General of Ukrpatent (State Enterprise Ukrainian Intellectual Property Institute).
Both parties agreed on the need to have a mechanism to ensure a business continuity system, and enhanced cooperation is being considered in several areas. To find out more, please read here.