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The ECTA General Committee Elections are open!

Being part of an ECTA Committee is an invaluable opportunity to network and cooperate with many IP professionals from the EU and beyond, follow policy developments on your topic of interest, work on impactful projects, represent ECTA in working groups with EUIPO, WIPO and the European Commission and much more.

If you are interested, please carefully read the following documents and make sure you have renewed your membership for 2023 before submitting your application. If you are not a member, please join ECTA first.

ECTA Committee Member Expectation Sheet
ECTA Bulletin article on General Committee Elections 2023
Overview of our Committees

The Committee term constitutes two years (2023-2025), and Committee members may serve on the same Committee for a maximum consecutive term of six years* (three terms of two years each).

Please note that Committee membership is not renewed automatically. Current Committee members will have to re-apply, if they have not yet reached the maximum term and wish to stay on the same Committee for another term. To determine your eligibility, check how long you have been a member of your Committee in ‘My Profile’ section of the ECTA website. If you are not eligible, you can still submit your application for another Committee or, after a break of two years (in 2025), it is possible to re-apply for your current Committee.

ECTA members should apply for ONE COMMITTEE ONLY * by filling in the online application form.

All ECTA members, both from EU and non-EU, can apply for a Committee (however, please read the Committee description carefully first, to see where your expertise and jurisdiction would be a better fit). When completing the application form, please indicate where required your 1st and 2nd Committee choice of preference. The list of nominations will be forwarded to the respective Committee Chair for evaluation. In case you cannot be accepted in your 1st choice, you will be automatically considered for your 2nd choice.
Please, supplement your application by describing briefly your IP expertise and your previous ECTA involvement (if any) where indicated in the form. The outcome of your application will be known in May 2023.

The Committees’ changeover date is on 10 July 2023, the newly composed Committees will become operational from that date onwards and the first meeting will be held on 12-13 October 2023 at the ECTA Autumn Meeting in Turin (Italy).

To apply for a Committee of your choice make sure to submit your candidacy by completing the application form BY 3 MARCH 2023 (no late applications can be accepted)! You have received the link to apply via email or log into the ECTA private site.

*In specific circumstances there may be exceptions to the general rules, namely the possibility to serve in two Committees or to exceed the maximum term of six years in the same Committee. In such cases, the member has to complete the application form and contact the respective Committee Chair(s) at the same time, who will submit the exception form to the ECTA Secretariat. Any exception is to be approved by the ECTA Board of Directors.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you in advance for the interest in serving our association!
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