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Our latest ECTA Bulletin takes on a special look to celebrate the ECTA 40th Anniversary! Through its pages, you will embark into a priceless retrospective of ECTA, from 1980 to the present day, always keeping an eye onto the future. You will learn more about the history of the Association, its past presidencies and relevant personalities, then jump 40 years ahead into the ECTA future. Among other little-known curiosities, you will read about the many shades of ECTA green as we walk you through the various jewel periods of the ECTA Secretariat’s history. You will also delve into the past, present and future of our precious Committees and, if you get interested in joining one of them, you will find every information you need to become a Committee member. Whether a long-standing member, a new member or only considering to become one, the MEMBory Board checklist will take you through the advantages of being part of our favourite Association. To bring our ECTA family even closer and on the occasion of ECTA birthday celebration, we have sent all members a surprise! Don’t forget to check your post box regularly!
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EUIPO has recently published its July eLearning courses. Each course is available in English. Distinctiveness of shape marks - Convergence Programme 9 - (36 min) Intermediate - LINK This course explains to what extent other elements contained in the shape can make the sign as a whole distinctive. New functionalities to the EUIPO's Guidelines in electronic format - (38 min) Intermediate - LINK As the Guidelines for Examination of EUTMs and RCDs have been enhanced, the participants of this webinar will be provided with a virtual demo of the new functionalities. Requests for the further extension of time limits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - (45 min) Intermediate - LINK Following Decision No EX-20-4 of the EUIPO Executive Director, this course explains the conditions under which parties to the proceedings before the Office can obtain a further extension of their time limits. Disclosure of design on the Internet - Convergence Programme 10 - (65 min) Basic - LINK Due to the increasing of e-commerce and the use of social media, the disclosure of designs is progressively made through these outlets of communication, giving rise to questions on how to prove online disclosures. For further information on the eLearning courses and their speakers, please visit the Academy's Learning Portal.
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EUIPO Trade Mark and Design Education Programme Third Edition - REGISTRATION EXTENDED
In view of the very positive feedback of the first two editions, with the participation of more than 100 IP practitioners from 26 EU Member States, the EUIPO has launched the third edition of its Trade Mark and Design Education Programme (ETMD EP). The Education Programme, which is held annually, is focused on the interaction between the EUIPO and IP practitioners in trade mark and design registration and prosecution. The purpose is to help the participants to better support their EU business and, in doing so, strengthen the related registration systems managed by the EUIPO. The third edition starts in September 2020 and will last until June 2021. The training will be delivered in English by leading IP professionals, academics and EUIPO staff, through face-to-face and e-learning sessions. This year the course will last 150 hours and offer 60 seats. Registration has been extended until 31 July 2020 and ECTA encourages its members to enrol and take part in the Programme. For more information about the programme, please visit the ETMD EP website. ECTA is honoured to continue to be closely involved in this important Programme by participating actively on its Steering Committee, Examination Board, and in the collective of trainers, and contribute to its success.
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During the ECTA Council/Board Meeting, held online on 17 June 2020, the Presidency handover took place and Anette Rasmussen has been appointed as new ECTA President 2020/2022. Since this year it was not possible to meet in person due to the difficult circumstances related to the pandemic, the Presidency handover was done virtually instead of the usual way, namely during the Annual Conference Gala Dinner. As the majority of ECTA members could not witness it live this time, we are glad to be able to share with the ECTA family the recording of the ECTA Presidency handover, so that you could also witness this special and moving moment for our Association. In the recording includes the closing speech of Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, as the outgoing President, and the inaugural speech of Anette Rasmussen, as the new President, including the symbolic ECTA medal handover. In order to watch the recording please log in HERE. We sincerely congratulate our new President Anette Rasmussen and wish all the best to the former President Sozos-Christos Theodoulou!
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Check out the new ECTA Member Guide on your ECTA APP! The ECTA Member Guide is a new release of the ECTA APP, conceived as a benefit for ECTA members. Thanks to this new permanent APP feature, all our members can be on track with what is going on in the association and in the IP field in just a few clicks. The ECTA Member Guide provides not only a full membership list where one can easily get in contact with other ECTA members, but also allows viewing upcoming ECTA events and planned activities, as well as the latest news from our website and social media. Follow the steps below to download the ECTA APP and the Member Guide: Step 1: Download the ECTA APP! The first thing you'll need to do is download the ECTA APP on your device. Event Password: ECTAmember19 Don't have iOS or Android? Skip Step 1 and go straight to Step 2 to verify your account and use the mobile web version of the app. DOWNLOAD THE APP Step 2: Verify Your Account Come back to this email using the same device from Step 1 and click Verify Account to unlock all of the app's advanced features. VERIFY ACCOUNT In addition to the Member Guide, the ECTA APP provides dedicated sections for the Annual Conference and the Autumn Meeting, which will be released ahead of each event. As an attendee, you will find there all the necessary information such as programme, speakers, maps, list of attendees, exhibitors, media partners and much more. Please contact our team at you have any questions. Enjoy the ECTA APP!
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As of June, the rotation of the ECTA Management Committee took place and the new team 2020/2022 is as follow: Anette Rasmussen (President) Mladen Vukmir (First Vice-President) Carina Gommers (Second Vice-President) Carolin Kind (Secretary General) Jordi Güell (Treasurer) Congratulations to all of them and many thanks to our former President Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, for his outstanding commitment and dedication to ECTA. We wish him all the best!
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ECTA is pleased to announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners of the ECTA Award (2020) competition: Professional category: 1. Andrea Zappalaglio, Flavia Guerrieri and Suelen Carls - Sui generis geographical indications for the protection of non-agricultural products in the EU: Can the quality schemes fulfil the task? 2. Eleonora Rosati - What does the European Commission make of the EU Copyright acquis when it pleads before the CJEU? The Legal Service’s observations in digital/online cases 3. Ilanah Fhima - The public domain Student category: 1. Maurizio Crupi - Innovating within tradition: are PDOs and PGIs loosening their link to origin? 2. Richard Menzies - Characteristically vague: clarifying which ‘other characteristics’ may be excluded under Article 7(1)(e) EUTMR and Article 4(1)(e) EUTMD 3. Mina Jovanovic - The originality requirement in EU and U.S., different approaches and implementation in practice Papers have been judged by the ECTA Professional Affairs Committee and several members from the Copyright and Geographical Indications Committees, followed by an approval by the Management Committee. We would like to sincerely congratulate our winners for the relevance of their work and thank the many participants who have submitted their papers during this competition. We highly encourage all the IP students and professionals, as well as those who have not been selected as winners for last year’s Award, to apply/reapply for the 2021 edition. THE NEXT EDITION OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE LAUNCHED IN AUTUMN and we are looking forward to receiving your article or essay of importance for the development of European Trade Mark, Design, Copyright or Geographical Indications Law. Besides a monetary prize, you can win 18 months of ECTA membership. To find out more about ECTA Award, please click HERE
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Since we have not been able to meet in person for the Annual Conference in Copenhagen due to the current difficult circumstances related to the pandemic, ECTA has decided to move into an online environment, where possible. Starting from 9 to 19 June, several virtual meetings are held. During this period, ECTA provided two learning sessions, originally scheduled for the Annual Conference in Copenhagen, in a Webinar format and on the following IP topics: - Powering up. Using new technologies in the IP environment (9 June 2020) - Parallel Imports: How important is a trade mark? A limitless sea? Pharma perspective (11 June 2020) Many participants, both members and non-members, attended our Webinars and gave us positive feedback on the overall experience. Very important meetings are taking place, namely Management Committee Meeting, meetings of all ECTA Committees and Task Forces, as well as the Council/Board meeting on 17 June, where the Presidency changeover and Management Committee rotation are taking place. On 18 June, the first ever online AGM meetings of both, the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) (which is winding down) and ECTA AISBL (the successor Association based in Belgium) are scheduled. We want to thank our Council/Board, Committees and members for their flexibility and continuous support of our Association, as well as our Webinars’ distinguished speakers for agreeing to provide our attendees with their valuable insights. At the same time, we would also like to apologize with those non-EU members, who will not be able to attend our virtual meetings due to the time schedule. We have tried to accommodate all time zones to allow as many members as possible from all countries around the world to attend, however, this was not possible for all meetings. We feel very sorry for this and hope to see you all in person again soon. Last but not least, this year ECTA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary from the date of its establishment in 1980! In order to celebrate and congratulate all of you with ECTA achievements over these years and bring our ECTA family even closer together, we have sent all ECTA members a surprise! So please check your post box regularly! Follow us on the ECTA Website, LinkedIn and Twitter to stay informed!
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On 5 June 2020, ECTA and WIPO held a virtual meeting to discuss topics of mutual interest and importance on: • the Madrid Operations during the recent COVID 19 related shutdown and other matters relevant to the Madrid System; • the Standing Committee on Trade Mark and Developments within the Lisbon System of Geographical Indications; • recent developments with the Hague Registry; • other related topics and questions raised by ECTA members. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry attended the Bilateral Meeting, along with other WIPO colleagues, ECTA President, Head of Legal Affairs and WIPO-Link Committee representatives. ECTA is extremely grateful to WIPO and ECTA members for the willingness to discuss ways to improve Global IP systems, especially during the many Bilateral Meetings we have held regularly over the past years. We would also like to thank all participants for their flexibility to adapt to a different (virtual) format for this meeting than the one initially planned, due to the current difficult circumstances. We look forward to further fruitful collaboration with WIPO and continuation of the open dialogue we have established together.
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