Professional Affairs and Membership Committee
The Professional & Membership Committee is a new Committee born by merging the former Professional Affairs Committee and the Membership Committee. The newly formed PAM has been established in order to engage with the professional matters of trade mark and design representatives, as well as GI and copyright practitioners not only in our daily practice but also as members of ECTA.
The Committee monitors the issues that concern the profession globally, with the emphasis on the issues effecting practitioners in Europe and focuses on well-balanced projects, conducting surveys and comparative studies, resulting in position papers and recommendations. It aims to establish a functional, high-quality, and ethical copyright, GI, trade mark, and design system within the European Union that can serve as an inspiration globally. The Committee aims at introducing and combining the best elements available from various legal and IP systems, through an imaginative, comparative, and pragmatic approach, thus contributing to continuously raising the level of professional legal practice in intellectual property matters throughout Europe. In terms of ECTA`s high reputation in the IP world and its high level relationships with IP offices in Europe the Committee is also responsible that new member applications are in line with ECTA`s Articles of Association and members comply with ECTA´s Code of Conduct.
The Mission of the Professional & Membership Committee is to generate, maintain and promote quality standards, ethic rules, recommendations and be a communication forum for the members of ECTA and other EU professionals. PAM strives to provide consistently excellent information, guidelines and related services to the members of ECTA for the recognition of qualified trade mark and design representatives, as well as GI and copyright practitioners in Europe; to strengthen and expand the membership base, to achieve association membership goals such as to conduct member satisfaction assessments, to determine strengths and weaknesses, to create a positive association image that is attractive to prospective and current members alike; to develop and improve programs to educate and train new and current ECTA members.