ECTA 39TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR NON-MEMBERS AND MEMBERS ALIKE!
All IP colleagues can now register for the ECTA 39th Annual Conference ‘Waltzing with IP’ on 21/22 October, either in Vienna and online!
If you register as a non-member to attend the event on-site, you will also get the opportunity to join ECTA free of charge for the rest of 2021. If you are a member who has not signed up yet, secure your place fast at a reduced fee: on-site places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis until capacity is reached.
Hurry up and REGISTER HERE!
This year we have worked even harder to ensure a captivating programme! Thursday, 21 October will be fully dedicated to ECTA Supervisory Board and Committee meetings, whereas Friday, 22 October will be an immersive educational and networking day with most distinguished guests and speakers such as WIPO Director General Daren Tang. Besides, to evoke the original format of the ECTA’s Annual Conference, our usual Wednesday workshops will be offered exclusively online one week before the event on 13 October, as part of the ‘Conference package’. To find out more about what we have planned for you, check out the Programme!
The health and safety of our Conference participants is ECTA’s main concern, therefore, our attendees will be required to strictly comply with all Austrian COVID-19 regulations (Austrian State, Federal Government or City of Vienna) at the time of registration and at the time of travelling and participating in the event. Austrian COVID-19 regulations are regularly updated here and here. In addition, participants may be required to provide proof of their Covid eligibility to enter Austria and to participate in the event, if requested on-site.
We are looking forward to welcoming many IP colleagues either in Vienna or online!
EUIPO ACADEMY'S LEARNING AND TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER
The EUIPO’s Academy offers webinar courses every Tuesday. 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 on the EUIPO learning portal after the broadcast.
The September schedule of the webinars is as follows:
WIPO: VIRTUAL EXHIBITION AND WORLDWIDE SYMPOSIUM ON GIs
As of today until 6 March 2022, WIPO hosts a Virtual Exhibition on Geographical Indications.
The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about geographical indications, including the Lisbon System for the International Registration of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications, as well as examples of geographical indications from numerous countries around the world for different types of products.
The initiative is organised on the occasion of the Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications (6-8 September 2021), which brings together representatives of national administrations, GI producers and specialists to exchange ideas on issues relating to the topic as well as offers technical insights and information on recent developments in the field.
ECTA Data Committee Chair Delia Belciu has the pleasure to intervene as a speaker in the panel ‘Challenges for Geographical Indications and the Internet Domain Name System’ (Wednesday, 8 September), while ECTA Geographical Indications Chair Paola Ruggiero will attend the event on behalf of our Association. To find out more about the Symposium and follow the discussions via webcasting, please click here.
The Virtual Exhibition is also open to the public on WIPO’s website in six languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.
SMEs fund - fifth and last application window open until 30 September
SMEs can apply for financing support under the new Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund until 30 September. This is the fifth and last windows for applications.
The Fund is a € 20 million grant scheme to help enterprises in the EU, that fit the official definition of a SME, access their IP rights. Applications can be made for financial support in the form of reimbursements for trade mark and design application and for IP pre-diagnostic services (IP scan) available at participating national and regional IP offices*. Each SME that applies can be reimbursed up to a maximum amount of € 1.500.
Thanks to the efforts of some User Associations, including ECTA, professional IP representatives can now assist SMEs in deciding about the services offered through the SME Fund as well as requesting the funding in their name. This is a change in comparison to January window 1.
Full information about the requirements and how to apply for financing support can be consulted on the EUIPO website here. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
*Before applying, you should check the list to ensure that the IP office in your Member State offers this service.