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João Carlos Assunção
Portugal
Rosa Anna Bavaro
Italy
Cristina Bercial-Chaumier
Spain
Dietrich Blumenroehr
Germany
Andrea Brandstetter-Kupka
Austria
Massimo Cimoli
Italy
António Corte-Real
Portugal
Hans Dhondt
Belgium
Tobias Dolde
Spain
Luis-Alfonso Durán
Spain
Elisa Gerard
France
Monique Granneman
Netherlands
Hannu Halmetoja
Finland
Laurine Janin-Reynaud
France
Judit Lantos
Hungary
Davide Leiballi
Italy
Christopher Morcom Q.C.
United Kingdom
Vasil Pavlov
Bulgaria
Almut Pflüger
Austria
Gilles E.A.L. Rubens
Netherlands
Susanne Schmidt
Germany
Christos Achilles Theodoulou
Cyprus
Hazel Tunney
Ireland
Antonella Vitale
Italy
Alexander von Mühlendahl
Germany
Francesca Warrington
Malta
Stephanie Wuyts
Belgium
Harmonization Committee
Chair
Elena Miller
Bulgaria
Vice-Chair
Marie-Christine Seiler
Germany
Secretary
Krystyna Zurawska
Poland
DESCRIPTION
The Harmonization Committee’s activities include the conducting of surveys in all EU member states on the national law and practice with regard to legal issues of specific current interest. Surveys conducted by the Harmonization Committee e.g. dealt with
  • trade mark use in opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • trade mark issues related to geographic indications
  • trade marks filed in bad faith
  • protection of marks with a reputation
  • legal enforcement of security interests of trade marks
  • conversion issues or
  • comparison of the national laws as far as the CTMR explicitly provides for the application of national law.
The Harmonization Committee thereby creates a knowledge base which is useful to propose best practises, compare and benchmark practises and helps other committees to prepare position papers, proposals and replies to questions submitted by European Boards and Agencies.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of the Harmonization Committee is the monitoring of the harmonisation of EU trade mark law, including the national trade mark law practices according to the guidelines developed by the CJEU decisions. The Committee examines the differences of the various national trade mark laws and practices, also with regard to the non-harmonised points of law and legal procedures. One of the Committee’s aims is to foster the awareness of the existing differences and to ultimately increase the harmonisation of the legal practices of the Member States.