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EUIPO e-LEARNING COURSES IN AUGUST
03/08/2020
EUIPO has recently published its August eLearning courses. Each course is available in English. The Hague System: Geneva Act & Roles of the Office of a Contracting Party - (21 min) Basic - LINK The Geneva Act: A Roadmap Towards Accession - (29 min) Basic - LINK The objective of both these e-learning courses is to provide legal and technical assistance in preparations for accession to as well as the post-accession of the implementation of the Hague Agreement for the ASEAN Member States. The Brompton bicycle CJEU decision – Where do functional shapes now stand in EU copyright law? - (52 min) Advanced - LINK This webinar analyses the CJEU’s decision of 11 June 2020 (Case C‑833/18, SI, Brompton Bicycle Ltd. v. Chedech / Get2Get). This decision explains how copyright law applies to functional shapes and beyond. Training on the Revised ASEAN Trade Mark Guidelines - (80 min) Basic - LINK This series of online training modules aims to introduce the new updates in the revised ASEAN Common Guidelines for the Substantive Examination of Marks. For further information on the eLearning courses and their speakers, please visit the Academy's Learning Portal.
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WIPO, WHO, WTO LAUNCHED UPDATED STUDY ON ACCESS TO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATION
31/07/2020
The Directors General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched the updated Trilateral Study on Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation. While the first edition in 2013 aimed to explain the interplay between the dimensions of health, trade and intellectual property and how they influence innovation and medical technologies, the second one is a revised and evidence-based edition, to better support policy debate at a critical time for world health. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry in a video message emphasized the relevance of the interdisciplinary cooperation amongst these three specialized agencies and pointed out: “The COVID-19 pandemic is showing the need for health, trade and innovation policy to come together to provide the answers that we need to confront this huge challenge for humanity”. In particular, the second edition provides practical lessons from experiences regarding the interplay between health, trade and IP within the perspective established by the human rights dimension of health and the SDGs. Among other new topics, the updated study covers the antimicrobial resistance and cutting-edge health technologies, provides updated data on innovation trends in the pharma sector, trade and tariff regarding medical products, as well as developments in IP legislation and jurisprudence. It also includes an updated overview of access to medical technologies and key provisions in regional trade agreements. Due to the current global health crisis, the study starts with a COVID-19 section and factual overview of the developments and measures taken in this regard.
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EUIPO JOINED THE WIPO DIGITAL ACCESS SERVICE (DAS)
29/07/2020
The EUIPO has recently joined the WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS) for Registered Community Designs (RCD) as a First Filing or Depositing Office. Later in the year, the EUIPO will also be participating as an Office of Second Filing. The DAS is an electronic service managed by the WIPO, which allows priority documents to be easily exchanged between the 26 participating IP Offices, including USPTO, CNIPA, JPO and KIPO. Therefore, all ID5 Offices have by now deployed the system. Thanks to DAS, applicants no longer need to request and submit certified paper copies from one Office to another. They simply have to request the First or Depositing Office to make documents available to the system and ask Accessing or Second Filing Offices to retrieve them electronically. The burden on applicants is significantly reduced and priority documents are electronically exchanged between the Offices in a fast and secure way. EUIPO Guidelines have also recently been updated to reflect this new service. To find out more please click here.
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WIPO TRADE MARK WEBINARS: 4 AND 12 AUGUST 2020
28/07/2020
Check out the new WIPO Trade Mark Webinars, which will be held in English on 4 and 12 August 2020 with the opportunity to interact live with WIPO experts. The webinars are free of charge and intended for brand owners, attorneys, inventors and innovators, students, other IP specialists and practitioners. 4 AUGUST 2020 (5:30/6:00 pm CEST) WIPO Global Brand Database Webinar: Practical Cases During this Webinar, attendees will learn more about the latest developments of the Global Brand Database, and how to search for brands, including practical cases and tips. Register here 12 AUGUST 2020 (5:30/6:00 pm CEST) WIPO webinar: Overview of the newly released Vienna Classification Assistant Participants will be provided with an overview and explanation on how to use the Vienna Classification Assistant. Register here
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LAST DAYS TO REGISTER - EUIPO Trade Mark and Design Education Programme Third Edition
27/07/2020
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 closes on 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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WIPO LAUNCHED THE MADRID APPLICATION ASSISTANT
20/07/2020
Today WIPO unveiled the Madrid Application Assistant, the latest online improvement to the Madrid Registry, which will enhance the creation and management of trade mark rights under the Madrid System. This new service is meant to make the international application process more efficient and accurate, as well as reduce the user effort and the risk of irregularities. Users will be helped to generate high-quality application files in an intuitive and linear manner: the Assistant will import all the relevant data for a Madrid International Application from the trade marks database of IP Offices of origin, will verify the classification of the list of goods and services and provide its translation automatically. Once completed, the international application will be made available in a PDF format, in order to be submitted to the IP Office of origin for certification. The Madrid Application Assistant is derived from Madrid e-Filing, the WIPO online filing solution for Madrid Member IP Offices. For more information please visit the WIPO Website.
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WIPO: COVID-19 IP POLICY TRACKER
12/07/2020
WIPO has developed COVID-19 IP Policy Tracker, a tool that serves as an information repository of IP policy changes and other measures implemented by over 180 IP Offices around the world, in response to the pandemic. Such service is freely accessible and the aim is to assist applicants and owners of IP rights to easily navigate through all the measures adopted by countries and organizations, as well as all the information on legislative and regulatory measures for access and voluntary actions.
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IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE WITH THE ECTA BULLETIN!
06/07/2020
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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ECTA PRESIDENCY HANDOVER
26/06/2020
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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