ECTA 39th Annual Conference - Access the Virtual Hub!
Get ready for the Conference and access the Virtual Hub!
Log in with your First Name/Last Name/Registered Email Address, check your phone and email for the One Time Passcode and you are all set to navigate the platform.
In the Virtual Hub you can:
• Browse through the list of all attendees (both, attending online and onsite), exhibitors and media partners; • Exchange messages with other attendees, exhibitors and media partners; • Join ECTA Coffee Breaks to network around a virtual table with up to six participants per table, as of 13 October every day from 2:00 to 2:30 pm CET and between each session on the Conference day. Our President Anette Rasmussen will be joining the ECTA Coffee Breaks on 15 and 18 October; • Consult the Conference Programme; • Attend the online workshops on 13 October 2021; • Attend your Committee meetings and all sessions on 21 and 22 October, if you are an online attendee; • Access the recordings of all workshops and sessions afterwards.
Please make sure to open the Hub with the latest version of Google Chrome / Firefox / Microsoft Edge or Safari. Only Conference registrants can access the Hub!
Should you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECTA recently took part in a number of online meetings with relevant DGs of the European Commission (DG GROW, DG TRADE, DG AGRI) and the Permanent Representation of France in the EU to discuss most important topics of the IP agenda in Europe at this moment, including:
• Support for SMEs; • Design Reform; • EU anti-counterfeiting toolbox; • Geographical indication protection for non-agricultural products at EU level; • Other topics of interest to our members, their work and the projects ongoing within the ECTA Committees.
The meetings were attended by the ECTA Board of Directors (President, Anette Rasmussen; First Vice-President, Mladen Vukmir; Second Vice-President, Carina Gommers; Secretary General, Carolin Kind; Treasurer, Jordi Güell) and ECTA Head of Legal Affairs (Anna Ostanina).
Some of the meetings were also supported by representatives from our specialised ECTA Committees, such as the Geographical Indications Committee Chair (Paola Ruggiero) and International Trade Committee Chair (Renate Pouw).
Maintaining direct contact and open dialogue with our colleagues within the European Commission, Parliament, Council, EUIPO, WIPO and other institutions is highly important to ECTA and is an integral part in our pursuit of the balance of IP rights.
ECTA 39TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – REGISTRATION 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! **ECTA Committee members kindly be reminded to be registered accordingly, irrespective of which attendance option you have chosen (1. On-site Conference in Vienna 2. Online Conference 3. Online Committee Meetings only).**
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, who will open the academic part of the Conference with a keynote speech. 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’. Consult the full schedule here!
On-site registrants are also invited to our usual Gala Dinner, organised in accordance with all safety protocols at the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK)! After a welcome drink, you will have the opportunity to visit the permanent exhibition, dedicated to the development of Viennese arts and crafts between 1890 and 1938. The dinner will be accompanied by jazz music and…an enchanting surprise!
Last, but not least, all registrants can navigate the virtual Attendee Hub from the beginning of October by receiving via email the link to access the platform. Here you will be able to browse the list of participants, exhibitors and media partners, exchange messages, join group discussions, consult the program and much more. During the event, the platform will deliver live broadcast quality viewing of all meetings and sessions to those attending virtually.
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!
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 October schedule of the webinars is as follows:
BREXIT - IMPORTANT DEADLINE (GRACE PERIOD ENDING: 30 SEPTEMBER 2021)
By ECTA International Trade Committee
Although EU trade mark and design rights which were registered and fully protected with the EUIPO prior to ‘Brexit Day’ (1st January 2021) were automatically ‘cloned’ and reciprocal UK rights granted, any EUIPO rights which were pending or whose status may have been unclear were NOT cloned and immediate action is needed to protect them in the UK. Such rights include:
- Trade Mark applications under opposition;
- Registered rights being challenged (for any reason);
- International Registrations (‘IRs’) designating the EU whose protection had not been confirmed by the EU;
- IRs designating the EU whose renewal had not been notified to the EUIPO by WIPO before Brexit Day (whether or not renewed); and
- Registered Community Designs with deferred publication.
The deadline for protecting these rights in the UK expires on 30 September 2021 and cannot be extended.
It is important to note that IRs (whether trade mark or design) designating the EU have not been treated as though they have become IRs designating the UK. Instead, a new UK right has been created. This means that:
i) renewal of the corresponding IR at WIPO will have no bearing on renewal of the new UK right;
ii) early payment of the renewal fee at WIPO, prior to 1 January 2021, will have had no effect in respect of the new UK right;
iii) the new UK right will be subject to a UK renewal action and fee, whether or not renewal action was taken on the corresponding IR before 1 January 2021; and
iv) a UK right was not created for any IR which had not received a Statement of Grant from the EUIPO prior to 1 January 2021.