ECTA 41st ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN PRAGUE - EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
It's time to register for the ECTA 41st Annual Conference ‘Exploring IP Magic’ in Prague!
REGISTER HERE TO BENEFIT FROM THE EARLY BIRD RATE!
Check out the programme here, and attendance options and prices here. ECTA members can attend at a reduced fee, make sure you have renewed your membership before registering! If you are not a member, join ECTA first to benefit from the members' pricing! Early bird rates are available until 7 April (included).
The Conference venue is the Prague Congress Centre, quickly accessible from the city centre. ECTA has secured a limited number of rooms at various hotels (in the vicinity of the Conference venue and in the City centre) and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. For details on hotel options, please refer to the confirmation email received after registration.
From 28 June to 1 July we will explore the magic of IP through numerous engaging sessions on the latest IP trends and case law, ECTA Committees will meet again to work on impactful projects, and you can bet on great networking opportunities and fun in the most attractive locations.
All IP colleagues, whether senior or younger professionals, will benefit from attending the Conference and from this unique and friendly Community. If you are new to ECTA and the Conference we look forward to meeting you at a dedicated reception!
Watch the video message by ECTA President Mladen Vukmir, inviting all IP colleagues to join us in Prague.
ECTA, INTA AND MARQUES SUBMITTED JOINT COMMENTS ON THE NEW PROPOSED EU DESIGN LAW
ECTA, INTA and MARQUES have once again joined forces to review the European Commission’s proposals for a revised EU Designs Regulation and Directive and submitted yesterday the Joint Comments to the respective Public Consultation (please see here).
Our input built largely on the recommendations provided to the European Commission over the past years, in particular, our Joint Paper on Legal Review of EU Designs System, submitted in July 2018 (please see here), and Joint Comments on the European Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment submitted in January 2021 (please see here).
In this context and based on the ECTA Design Committee’s reflections and discussions in the last years, ECTA also submitted a number of individual position papers and other contributions on designs, such as a Position Paper on 3D Printing and its Implications on Design Law (please see here) in April 2021 and the Position Paper on the interpretation of technical functionality under art. 8(1) CDR (please see here).
We welcome the efforts of the European Commission in attempting to achieve greater harmonisation in the area of industrial designs and taking on board some of the proposals and recommendations presented in our earlier papers and joint submissions.
We would also like to thank the ECTA Design Committee as well as the Design teams of INTA and MARQUES for their collaboration and relevant contributions towards a more modern and efficient EU design system.
ECTA Design Committee is strongly involved in design-related matters. If you would like to join this Committee, take part in the General Committee Elections and apply before 3 March 2023.
ECTA GENERAL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS 2023/2025 - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!
The ECTA General Committee Elections are open!
Being part of an ECTA Committee is an invaluable opportunity to network and cooperate with many IP professionals from the EU and beyond, follow policy developments on your topic of interest, work on impactful projects, represent ECTA in working groups with EUIPO, WIPO and the European Commission and much more.
If you are interested, please carefully read the following documents and make sure you have renewed your membership for 2023 before submitting your application. If you are not a member, please join ECTA first.
• ECTA Committee Member Expectation Sheet • ECTA Bulletin article on General Committee Elections 2023 • Overview of our Committees
COMMITTEE TERM: The Committee term constitutes two years (2023-2025), and Committee members may serve on the same Committee for a maximum consecutive term of six years* (three terms of two years each).
Please note that Committee membership is not renewed automatically. Current Committee members will have to re-apply, if they have not yet reached the maximum term and wish to stay on the same Committee for another term. To determine your eligibility, check how long you have been a member of your Committee in ‘My Profile’ section of the ECTA website. If you are not eligible, you can still submit your application for another Committee or, after a break of two years (in 2025), it is possible to re-apply for your current Committee.
APPLICATION PROCESS: ECTA members should apply for ONE COMMITTEE ONLY * by filling in the online application form.
All ECTA members, both from EU and non-EU, can apply for a Committee (however, please read the Committee description carefully first, to see where your expertise and jurisdiction would be a better fit). When completing the application form, please indicate where required your 1st and 2nd Committee choice of preference. The list of nominations will be forwarded to the respective Committee Chair for evaluation. In case you cannot be accepted in your 1st choice, you will be automatically considered for your 2nd choice. Please, supplement your application by describing briefly your IP expertise and your previous ECTA involvement (if any) where indicated in the form. The outcome of your application will be known in May 2023.
The Committees’ changeover date is on 10 July 2023, the newly composed Committees will become operational from that date onwards and the first meeting will be held on 12-13 October 2023 at the ECTA Autumn Meeting in Turin (Italy).
To apply for a Committee of your choice make sure to submit your candidacy by completing the application form BY 3 MARCH 2023 (no late applications can be accepted)! You have received the link to apply via email or log into the ECTA private site.
*In specific circumstances there may be exceptions to the general rules, namely the possibility to serve in two Committees or to exceed the maximum term of six years in the same Committee. In such cases, the member has to complete the application form and contact the respective Committee Chair(s) at the same time, who will submit the exception form to the ECTA Secretariat. Any exception is to be approved by the ECTA Board of Directors.
We look forward to receiving your application and thank you in advance for the interest in serving our association!
FULLY BOOKED - ECTA Alicante Round Table on Geographical Indications
Regrettably we cannot accept further registrations as the event is FULLY BOOKED.
The ECTA Round Table ‘Geographical indications in the turmoil - Understanding the legal reform, the audacious case law and the relationship with trade marks’ will take place in Alicante (Spain) on 2 March, 16.30 - 19.30 CET.
Participation is free of charge and onsite only. You can consult the programme with speakers here.
The event is co-organised with the Commercial Law Department of the University of Alicante.
The call for applications to the SME Fund 2023 is open until 8 December 2023. The Fund is a grant scheme designed to offer financial support to EU SMEs to protect their IPRs. The Fund is a European Commission initiative implemented by the EUIPO in collaboration with European national and regional IP Offices.
Applications can be submitted for Voucher 1 IP pre-diagnostic services (IP Scan) and Voucher 2 Trade Marks and Designs. In the SME Fund 2022 these both fell under Voucher 1.
- Beneficiaries of Voucher 1 will get 90% off IP Scan services on expert advice and guidance for IP strategy, saving up to EUR 1.350;
- Beneficiaries of Voucher 2 will get 75% off the basic application fees for trade mark and design at EU level, national and regional level, and 50% off the basic application fees for trade mark and design outside the EU, saving up to EUR 1.000.
Full information about the requirements and how to apply for financing support can be consulted here. Funds are offered on a first come, first served basis.
To follow the SME fund 2023 related news, you can subscribe to the newsletter.
Following the special focus on SMEs by the European Commission and the EUIPO, ECTA established the ECTA SME Task Force in 2021 to assist our Association in taking active part in the EU debate and activities related to SMEs. ECTA aims to contribute to more and better use of IP by SMEs as well as to highlight the relevant role of IP practitioners in bringing this about.
If you wish to join the SME Task Force or another ECTA Committee, General Committee Elections are ongoing: submit your application here.