ECTA GENERAL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS COMING UP NEXT WEEK!
ECTA General Committee Elections are coming up soon on 18 January 2021! Don’t miss to submit your candidacy when the call for applications opens and no later than 5 March 2021!
Being part of an ECTA Committee is an invaluable opportunity to cooperate with many experienced professionals throughout the EU and beyond, as well as actively contribute to relevant projects in your IP area of interest.
To find out everything you need to know, kindly consult the Committee Member Expectation Sheet (available when you log in to the ECTA private site/Library/Important ECTA policies), as well as the ECTA Bulletin article explaining all relevant rules on General Committee Elections.
The Committee term constitutes two years and Committee members may serve on the same Committee for a maximum consecutive term of six years (three periods of two years each).
Please remember that Committee membership is limited in time and is not renewed automatically. If you are a current Committee member and wish to reapply for your Committee, please check how long you have been a member of the same Committee in the ECTA private site/My Profile, in order to determine your eligibility to stay on the same Committee for another term.
If you have missed the video message of ECTA Second Vice-President Carina Gommers about the upcoming elections and the advantages of being a Committee member, please watch it here.
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More information on General Committee Elections will follow in due course. Regularly check our Website, LinkedIn and Twitter to stay updated!
All IP students and professionals can submit their papers for the ECTA Award 2021 in their respective category!
The purpose is to grant an Award to an individual who has written an article or essay of importance for the development of European trade mark law, design law, copyright law or geographical indications law.
Please, send your paper to email@example.com by 1 March 2021. Before submitting your paper, consult the ECTA Award submission requirements and judging criteria. The papers will be judged by the ECTA Professional Affairs Committee with the support of other ECTA Committees, subject to the approval of the ECTA Board of Directors.
The Award consists of a sum of EUR 2.000 for the First Prize in the student category, EUR 3.000 for the First Prize in the professional category and EUR 1.000 and EUR 500 respectively for the Second and Third prizes in both categories. All winners will also be granted with 18 months of ECTA Membership.
All the winning papers will be published on the ECTA website and the First Prize Award winners shall be invited to the ECTA Annual Conference and honoured by the ECTA President.
This is a valuable initiative for all IP students and professionals who would like to improve their knowledge in their IP areas of interest, as well as give a unique contribution in creating more unified solutions within the European Union jurisdictions.
We are looking forward to receiving your papers!
The papers of the current winners can be read here.
On 30 November 2020, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the EU-wide protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products. Such consultation shows the increasing importance of the Geographical Indications in the IP landscape. The Commission indicates in the “preliminary assessment of expected impacts” that “the initiative may empower producers to protect their rights against unfair competition from operators trying to ‘free-ride’ on the reputation of regional products”. The notion of “reputation” appears to be one of the core concepts that founds the GI protection system.
Nevertheless, it is one of the most unclear and complex notions to define. Considering this, the ECTA Geographical Indications Committee decided to initiate a reflection on this key concept in 2019, and to draft a position paper with the aim of defining this notion in GI law.
Through its work and studies of the case law over the year, the ECTA GI Committee found that, in many disputes involving GIs at the stage of their registration or enforcement, a thorough understanding and interpretation of the intangible concept of reputation was needed, in order not to be underestimated or broadened beyond measure. Such misinterpretation of this concept could lead to the overcrowding of the registries with GIs with a weak reputational link and related growth of disputes involving GIs and the use/registration of conflicting signs.
This project of a position paper was contemporary with the recent publication on 20 February 2020 of the long-time expected Study on Economic aspects of geographical indication protection at EU level for non-agricultural products (NON-AGRI GIs), which adopts an unusual dynamic conception of the notion of reputation, stating that the “GI protection can help building the reputation of the product”.
Based on its extensive research, reflection, and discussion, ECTA GI Committee’s position paper proposes a complete overview of the notion of reputation in the EU GI law and tries to define it and to show the relevance of this concept in GI ex officio or ex parte protection procedures, to finally make proposals for a clearer notion of reputation in GI law.
Such reflection is essential in view of the new NON-AGRI GI scheme, which shall be introduced soon. This new scheme could be the ideal laboratory to evaluate, and possibly introduce, new and more specific rules with respect to the concept of reputation at the GI registration stage and in protection procedures.
ECTA Geographical Indications Committee is strongly involved in GI-related matters. If you are interested and would like to join our Geographical Indications Committee, do not miss the General Committee Elections starting on 18 January 2021.
On Tuesdays EUIPO’s Academy offers webinar courses of 30 to 60 minutes. These sessions are open to all and a live chat with the speakers will be made available. Please note that the recorded webinars are available via the same link 2 days after the broadcast.
The January schedule of the webinars is as follows:
Tuesday 12 January, 10:00-11:00 (CET): Digital Single Act: new rules of the game - Intermediate
Tuesday 19 January, 10:00-11:00 (CET): Ideas Powered for Business Support Services for SMEs: What’s new in 2021 - Basic
The aim of Watch List is to encourage the operators of these marketplaces and of the intermediaries providing services to them, as well as local enforcement authorities and governments to take action to stop or prevent IP infringements. Also, it aims to raise awareness among EU citizens on the environmental, product safety and other risks of purchasing from these markets.
The list reports on the input received during a public consultation, run from 19 February to 1 June 2020, where the Commission invited all stakeholders to share their views.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office, European Anti-Fraud Office and Europol have also contributed to the preparation of the document.
ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee is strongly involved in fighting against counterfeiting and piracy by sharing of professional experience and best practices. The aim of this Committee is to promote the most adequate legislation and practical enforcement techniques, as well as to raise awareness in this field.
If you are interested and would like to join our Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, do not miss the General Committee Elections starting on 18 January 2021.