ECTA Workshop on the Metaverse and NFTs in Ljubljana (14 October 2022)
We are pleased to inform you that ECTA will organise the workshop ‘Metaverse and NFTs: How not to get lost’ in Ljubljana (14 October 2022, 16.00-18.00 CET).
Chris Hoole (Appleyard Lees, UK) will moderate a panel of experts comprised of Laurent Nowak (Plasseraud IP, FR), Myrtha Hurtado Rivas (Nestlé, CH), Marie-Laure Bonnaffous (Luxottica, IT), and Leila Fisher (The Golden Sturgeon, BE).
This workshop forms part of the ECTA Autumn Meeting in Ljubljana, a two-day ECTA event reserved for ECTA Supervisory Board and Committee members. The workshop is free of charge and will be on-site only (no broadcast will be provided).
If you are not attending the Autumn Meeting but wish to register for the workshop ONLY, please do so HERE. ECTA Supervisory Board and Committee members who are registered for the Autumn Meeting do NOT need to register separately for the workshop!
ECTA Members’ Voice: UK Registered Trade Marks to become searchable on the WIPO Global Brands Database
Carin Burchell, ECTA International Trade and Publications Committee member, Re Markability Limited, UK
The UK IPO is joining the WIPO Global Brands Database following the signing of a Cooperation Treaty between the UK IPO and WIPO on 18 July 2022.
Around 3 million UK marks will be added to the Global Brands Database making it an even more useful tool for businesses anywhere around the world to check whether a trade mark which they are thinking of using, or a similar trade mark, is already registered.
UK registered marks will be uploaded to the Global Brands Database first – making it less likely that they will be unknowingly infringed.
The freely available Global Brands Database is a vast resource which provides access to more than 50 million records from some 71 national and international collections. It can be searched here at no charge.
The UK IPO’s Chief Executive Tim Moss said of the addition of the records to the Global Brands Database that it “will help businesses grow their brands with confidence. By providing additional protection, it will reassure UK trade mark holders that their mark is less likely to be infringed.” And, further:
“Our partnership with WIPO in areas of common interest ensures that the IP framework remains fit for the future. The UK has one of the most highly regarded IP environments in the world, and joining the database is a practical step that will help keep it that way.”
WIPO Director General Daren Tang said: “We are delighted with the inclusion of the UK trade marks collection in WIPO’s Global Brand Database. This is a significant step for users the world over and greatly enhances the value of the database, especially for companies seeking to file a new trade mark application in multiple countries.”
Interestingly from an AI perspective, Daren Tang also said: “The new agreement also paves the way for greater technical collaboration between our offices, including the use of machine learning to improve the efficiency of IP-related procedures.”
The views expressed are those of our members and not necessarily of ECTA as an association. The content has not been subjected to a verification process, the accuracy of the information contained in the article is responsibility of the author.
Register for the ECTA Webinar IP in Africa (14 September)
Africa is a continent on the rise. Register for the ECTA webinar IP in Africa (14 September 2022, 14.00-16.00 CET) to learn about the protection and enforcement of IP rights in Africa as well as practical tips and tricks to set up a successful IP strategy.
After the opening by Carina Gommers (ECTA 1st Vice-President, Wiggin, BE), Gaèle Le Borgne (ECTA International Trade Committee, Le Borgne, FR) will moderate a panel of experts comprised of Stephan Hanne (European Commission DG TRADE, BE), Gregor Schneider (AfrIPI Project, CM), Nastassia Saint-Severin (Procter & Gamble International Operations SA, UAE), Christine Strutt (Von Seidels, ZA), Ike C. Ibeku (Benchmac & Ince, NG), and Marius Schneider (IPvocate Africa, MU).
ECTA members, officials and full-time students can register free of charge here.
Read the ECTA Harmonization Committee Project Report on Trade marks with Reputation
As part of its study on the implementation of the Trade Marks Directive (2015/2436/EU), the ECTA Harmonization Committee examined how the EU Member States provide protection to trade marks with reputation under Art. 5 (3), outlining the changes that the Directive brought about in the different countries.
The report focuses on the concept of reputation, the criteria adopted by National Offices and Courts to recognise reputation, the kind of evidence to be provided to demonstrate reputation, the relevant public to be taken into account, as well as other remarks regarding proceedings.
The full project report and complete compilation of answers are available for ECTA members only in the Private Site/Library/Project Reports.
We thank the Harmonization Committee Leaders and team members, in particular Andrea Brandstetter-Kupka (Sonn IP Attorneys, AT) and Judit Lantos (Danubia Patent & Law Office LLC, HU), who brought this project to fruition for the benefit of the ECTA community.
ECTA DESIGN COMMITTEE WORKING PAPER ON THE FUTURE OF DESIGN PROTECTION OF ITERATIONS
We have just published (for ECTA members only) the ECTA Design Committee Working Paper on the future of design protection of iterations. If you are a member, you can find it in the private site/Library/Project reports.
The fact that a design of a product is very popular with consumers and certain design features are, therefore, at least one essential reason for its economic success, may lead to successor products only being further developed within certain design limits and only being partially revised.
This useful Working Paper outlines challenges, case law examples and suggestions for an effective design filing strategy.
We thank the Design Committee Leaders and team members, including Beatrix Breitinger, Dr. Ralf Hackbarth, Moritz Koerner, Barnabás Mező, and Dr. Ekkehard Stolz, who brought this project to fruition.