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Mine Akarsu
Turkey
Pedro Alves Moreira
Portugal
Rebecca Anderson-Smith
United Kingdom
Rosa Anna Bavaro
Italy
Cristina Bercial-Chaumier
Spain
Andrea Brandstetter-Kupka
Austria
Tania Clark
United Kingdom
António Corte-Real
Portugal
Michele Elio De Tullio
Italy
Hans Dhondt
Belgium
Tobias Dolde
Spain
Luis-Alfonso Durán
Spain
Sonia Florea
Romania
Elisa Gerard
France
Monique Granneman
Netherlands
Carl-Richard Haarmann
Germany
Hannu Halmetoja
Finland
Tereza Hrabakova
Czech Republic
Adee Keppy
Netherlands
Stefan Labesius
Germany
Judit Lantos
Hungary
Davide Leiballi
Italy
Judy McCullagh
Ireland
Gatis Merzvinskis
Latvia
Christopher Morcom Q.C.
United Kingdom
Beata Muczkowska
Poland
Eleni Papacharalambous
Cyprus
Riina Pärn
Estonia
Almut Pflüger
Germany
Susanne Schmidt
Germany
Elia Sugrañes
Spain
Ivana Toningerova
Czech Republic
Alexander von Mühlendahl
Germany
Francesca Warrington
Malta
Krystyna Zurawska
Poland
Harmonization Committee
Chair
Elena Miller
Bulgaria
Vice-Chair
Marie-Christine Seiler
Germany
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.