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WIPO Webinar - Understanding Examination and Refusal Procedures at the EUIPO (29 June)
27/06/2022
On 29 June (4.00 – 5.00 pm) the WIPO will hold a webinar, part of the Madrid System webinar series, about designating the EU in International Registration and the issues that may arise. Experts from the EUIPO (Maria José Gil Berenguer and Patricia López, Operations Department) will explain the examination procedures at the EUIPO, the most common reasons for the issuance of provisional refusals and explain the specific requirements when designating the EU in an international application or subsequent designation. The webinar will be held in English, and participants will be able to ask questions to the panellists. If you cannot attend live, you are still welcome to register to receive the video recording afterwards.
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New ECTA Board of Directors 2022/2024
24/06/2022
We would like to inform you that the ECTA Presidency rotation took place during the ECTA 40th Annual Conference in Copenhagen. The new composition of the ECTA Board of Directors for the period of 2022/2024 is as follows: 🔷Mladen Vukmir, now President - Responsible for the strategic direction and overall supervision 🔷Carina Gommers, now 1st Vice-President - Responsible for the academic programme of events 🔷Paola Ruggiero, new 2nd Vice-President - Responsible for the general management of Committees 🔷Carolin Kind, Secretary General - Responsible for administrative and contractual matters 🔷Jordi Güell, Treasurer - Responsible for financial matters
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The June Bulletin is out!
14/06/2022
To prepare yourself for the ECTA 40th Annual Conference this week in Copenhagen, read the June edition of the ECTA Bulletin! What’s in it 🔹 ECTA President Anette Rasmussen’s welcome to Copenhagen; 🔹 IP updates in Ukraine and the wartime professional testimonies of some Ukrainian ECTA members; 🔹 Interview with Gordon Humphreys, Chairperson of the EUIPO Fifth Board of Appeal; 🔹 Articles about plant variety denominations, Turkey’s 2021 domestic trade mark and patent activity, implementation of Art. 14 of the Copyright Directive into the Italian Legislation, Trade Mark Directive and interpretation of the own name defence; 🔹 Case-law report relating to Serbian domain name petcentar.rs, UK’s High Court dispute Evans vs. Joseph Joseph Ltd & Anor and Lisbon Court of Appeal decision on trade mark No. 642 969 LIBRU; 🔹 Review of the book Living Brands by Chris Farmer, ECTA Committees’ insights and a warm welcome to new ECTA members. The print friendly pdf version is available for ECTA members in the private site/Library. Last but not least, a big thank you to Craig Bailey for these two years chairing the ECTA Publications Committee and all the Bulletins he and his great team have produced.
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ECTA MEMBERS’ VOICE - WAR/LIFE BALANCE
13/06/2022
By Ganna Prokhorova, ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Member, Mamunya IP, Ukraine I am a Ukrainian IP attorney. A proud citizen of Ukraine, a sovereign, independent, and free European country with its peaceful people. Peaceful, but also inexhaustible resistant, and brave. With this ECTA Members’ Voice, I would like to express my appreciation for all the sympathy and support to Ukrainian IP-family members and all the people of Ukraine suffering tremendously from the Russian invasion. The support also comes from ECTA, who refunded the 2022 ECTA membership fees to all Ukrainian members and significantly reduced registration fees for the Annual Conference in Copenhagen. We highly appreciate the help and solidarity we all receive these days. As an active member of our IP community, I am often asked what help can be given to Ukrainian IP lawyers, apart from donations,, which many of you do. At the first glance, there are several possibilities to help IP lawyers, for instance: • advising clients that Ukraine remains a viable jurisdiction with promising long-term prospects and significant European market share; • making the preferred Ukrainian agent as an IP Hub to former CIS countries; • continuing including Ukraine in the client’s IP filing strategy; • informing clients about continuity of service of governmental institutions in Ukraine, including UAPTO for prosecution and courts for enforcement, and a possibility to directly file national applications (patents, design, and trade marks) and also PCT national phase; • offering internships to Ukrainian IP professionals temporarily evacuated in areas of those IP attorneys who are willing to help; • sheltering Ukrainian IP professionals fleeing the war in that area; • hiring Ukrainian IP professionals temporarily evacuated for a temporary job; • providing a remote job to Ukrainian IP professionals displaced within Ukraine, etc. If you attend the ECTA 40th Annual Conference and want to discuss in more detail the potential help you can deliver or terms of business operation in Ukraine during these unprecedented times, let’s meet during the first Coffee Break in Scandic Copenhagen at 3.30 pm, June 15, 2022. If you are not available at this time, please feel to reach out through ECTA 40th Annual Conference App, my personal LinkedIn, or contact details that you already know. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all in a few days!
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ECTA 40TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 15-18 JUNE IN COPENHAGEN!
13/06/2022
ECTA President Anette Rasmussen invites all IP colleagues to beautiful Copenhagen for the ECTA 40th Annual Conference 'Designing the Future' (15-18 June 2022)! Watch the Video! ▶️REGISTER HERE *ECTA Members can attend at a reduced fee CONFERENCE PROGRAM We look forward to bringing back this edition at full-speed and in the usual format, including some upgraded features! We kicked-off on 8 June with two online workshops as part of the Conference package and continue on 15 June with Committee meetings (by invitation only) and 16-17 June with Conference sessions. You may expect great speakers, informative sessions on the latest IP trends. Mladen Vukmir, ECTA First Vice-President in charge of the Conference academic program, walks you through this year’s educational offer. Watch the Video! EVENING EVENTS AND SATURDAY EXURSIONS The ECTA Annual Conference is not only educational sessions, but also networking, entertainment…and fun! Join us for the welcome reception at the Langelinie Pavillonen, a taste of Danish cuisine at the Royal Playhouse, the Gala Dinner with show at Wallmans and Saturday excursions with ECTA friends in and around Copenhagen. New to the Conference format is the first-time attendee gathering (by invitation only). Watch the video by Frank Jørgensen (ECTA Local Organising Committee, Denmark) to find out about this year’s gatherings in the coolest settings. ONLINE REGISTRATION AND FRIDAY PASS Can’t make it to Copenhagen or the whole in-person event? Instead, you can opt for one of the following alternative attendance options: 🔹Online Kick-off webinars, 8 June + Full academic program, 16 and 17 June *Committee meetings are not included 🔹Friday Pass (On-site) Kick-off webinars, 8 June + Academic program, 17 June + Gala Dinner, 17 June Find out registration rates here. ECTA CONFERENCE APP AND VIRTUAL HUB! If you are registered you can now download the ECTA Conference App or access the Virtual Hub to create your event profile, stay up to date, consult the list of participants, exhibitors and media partners and start networking! To download the ECTA Conference App (for mobiles): • Go to App Store/Playstore and search for the ‘Cvent Events’ App; • Install the Cvent events App (it has a blue icon with the initial C) ; • Open the Cvent Events App; • Under the search bar type ‘ECTA’. The results will show the ECTA event with an option to download; • Click on the download button and you will be prompted to enter the event id: wpchD ECTA40 (make sure to enter the space after the letter ‘D’); • On the next page you will have to login. Please make sure that you enter the e-mail address with which you have registered for the event; • You will receive a verification code by email. Please enter the 6 digits; • You will now have access to the event content and you profile. Please note that the App cannot filter participants by country. If you wish to do this, please login to the Virtual Hub (for PCs, laptops, tablets) here. Log into the Hub with your First Name/Last Name/Email address with which you have registered for the event, check your phone and e-mail for the One Time Passcode and you are all set to navigate the platform. Please make sure to open the Hub with the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari.
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EUIPO – Update of Recent European Case-law on the Infringement and Enforcement of IPRs
10/06/2022
The EUIPO released the recent case-law update report on the latest significant European decisions related to infringing and enforcing IP rights. The document contains 234 summaries of key judgments from national courts and preliminary rulings from the CJEU. The update covers additional national developments, particularly those on the interface between copyright and design protection. The document aims to provide practitioners, judges and lawmakers with a meaningful overview of the latest developments and trends in jurisprudence in the IP field.
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Ukraine: Extension of time limits
09/06/2022
A three-month extension (Decision EX-22-5 of the EUIPO Executive Director) has recently been granted for all parties in proceedings before the EUIPO having their residence or registered office in Ukraine. This extends all time limits expiring between 2 June 2022 and 1 September 2022, inclusive, until 2 September 2022. Also, Mr Christian Archambeau, EUIPO Executive Director, recently met Mr Andrew Kudin, Director General of Ukrpatent (State Enterprise Ukrainian Intellectual Property Institute). Both parties agreed on the need to have a mechanism to ensure a business continuity system, and enhanced cooperation is being considered in several areas. To find out more, please read here.
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ECTA Annual Conference: Conference App and Virtual Hub
09/06/2022
If you are registered you can now download the ECTA Conference App or access the Virtual Hub to create your event profile, stay up to date, consult the list of participants, exhibitors and media partners and start networking! To download the ECTA Conference App (for mobiles): • Go to App Store/Playstore and search for the ‘Cvent Events’ App; • Install the Cvent events App (it has a blue icon with the initial C) ; • Open the Cvent Events App; • Under the search bar type ‘ECTA’. The results will show the ECTA event with an option to download; • Click on the download button and you will be prompted to enter the event id: wpchD ECTA40 (make sure to enter the space after the letter ‘D’); • On the next page you will have to login. Please make sure that you enter the e-mail address with which you have registered for the event; • You will receive a verification code by email. Please enter the 6 digits; • You will now have access to the event content and you profile. Please note that the App cannot filter participants by country. If you wish to do this, please login to the Virtual Hub (for PCs, laptops, tablets) here. Log into the Hub with your First Name/Last Name/Email address with which you have registered for the event, check your phone and e-mail for the One Time Passcode and you are all set to navigate the platform. Please make sure to open the Hub with the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari. If you are not yet registered for the Conference, you can do so here.
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World Anti-Counterfeiting Day: EUIPO 2022 update of the IP Youth Scoreboard
08/06/2022
Coinciding with today’s World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, the EUIPO Observatory has launched the third edition of the IP Youth Scoreboard about IP infringement behaviours of 15–24 year olds across the EU. The 2022 survey confirms to a large extent the trends identified in the 2016 and 2019 editions but offers additional insights into young people’s perceptions and attitudes at a time when online commerce and digital consumption have been increasing significantly. The trend of accessing digital content from legal resources is confirmed with an increased majority of young people stating their preference for legal alternatives over pirated content. 21% of respondents acknowledge having accessed intentionally pirated content in the last year, in particular films, TV series, music and live sports events, from dedicated servers, apps and social media. A third of respondents find it difficult to distinguish legal digital content from pirated content or increasingly do not care. The intentional purchase of counterfeit goods has increased: 37% of respondents bought at least one fake product in the last year. A similar proportion purchased fakes by accident due to difficulties in distinguishing genuine from counterfeit goods. While young people surveyed still see price as the main driver towards piracy or counterfeiting, the relevance of social influences is increasing and the personal risk of cyberthreat or cyberfraud are now more identified as dissuasive factors from IPR infringement. To consult the infographic of the survey, please click here. ----- ECTA is also actively contributing to the fight against counterfeiting by sharing professional experience and best practices at the EU level and beyond, inter alia in its Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. "The ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee acknowledges the importance of World Anti-Counterfeiting Day to inform about the reality and consequences of counterfeiting. Young consumers are key players in the fight against counterfeiting and must be supported to make informed choices. The EUIPO Observatory survey results provide a useful tool for policy makers as well as stakeholders to create awareness-raising initiatives." Luigi Sansone, ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Chair
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ECTA signed a MoU with the Bulgarian Patent Office
03/06/2022
ECTA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO). Through this MoU, ECTA and BPO aim to join forces, exchange practices and information in some areas, such as IP support for SMEs, technology transfer and commercialisation of IP. This pilot project paves the way for possible new collaborations with other IPOs, following ECTA’s mandate in line with the ECTA President’s Strategic Plan 2020-2026 to strengthen engagement with IPOs and enhance awareness of ECTA activities. We thank ECTA Supervisory Board members from Bulgaria and the SME Task Force for participating actively in this achievement and look forward to starting a close cooperation with BPO.
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EUIPO TRADE MARK AND DESIGN EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR PARALEGALS – REGISTRATION OPEN
01/06/2022
Today, the EUIPO opened registration for the 2nd edition of its Trade Mark and Design Education Programme for Paralegals. Enrolment runs until 30 June 2022, and it is limited to 60 persons on a first come, first served basis. The programme is a custom-made training course with a hands-on approach mainly intended for professionals working as IP administrators, legal assistants, and company employees who deal with legal matters or similar. It has been designed to be a side activity to a normal full-time working commitment with approximately 5 hours of weekly dedication, most of which can be undertaken at the student’s convenience. For more information about the programme, please visit here. Please note that the 5th edition of the Trade Mark and Design Education Programme for Practitioners will be held during the academic year 2023/2024. ----- ECTA has been advocating for introducing a special programme for paralegals and is honoured to participate on the Steering Committee. We encourage our members to invite paralegals in their firms to take part in the programme.
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EUROPOL: 2021 Situation Report on Misleading Invoice Fraud to IPRs Owners
24/05/2022
The EUROPOL recently published the 2021 situation report on misleading invoice fraud targeting the owners of IPRs. The report is the fruit of the cooperation between Europol and EUIPO with the aim to enhance awareness of acquisition fraud connected with national, European and international IPR registration processes and to provide an assessment of the dynamics of the scam. This report further intends to provide an overview of the scope of the invoice fraud, the modus operandi of the suspects and the impact of the scams and may become a useful status report for the attention of judicial authorities as well. ------ ECTA takes an active role in the fight against this type of fraud. To learn more about ECTA Anti-Scam Activities and also to report any such activity to ECTA, please visit our ECTA Anti-Scam Activities page.
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EUROPOL/EUIPO Webinar: Beware of misleading invoices: Act smart against scammers! (24 May)
19/05/2022
The EUROPOL and EUIPO are organising a joint webinar ‘Beware of misleading invoices: Act smart against scammers!’ on 24 May 2022 (10:00-11:00 CET). Should you be interest in attending the webinar, please register here. ------ ECTA takes an active role in the fight against this type of fraud. To learn more about ECTA Anti-Scam Activities and also to report any such activity to ECTA, please visit our ECTA Anti-Scam Activities page.
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Communications with WIPO International Bureau: Requirement to indicate an e-mail address
11/05/2022
As of 1 February 2023, amendments to Section 11 of the Administrative Instructions for the Application of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks will enter into force. Applicants and holders will be required to communicate with the WIPO International Bureau by electronic means. If not already done, they should provide an e-mail address as a matter of urgency by presenting an online request here using the Change in Holder Details or the Management of Representative tools. For further information, please refer to Information Notice No. 19/2022.
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EUIPO ACADEMY'S LEARNING AND TRAINING IN MAY
06/05/2022
The EUIPO’s Academy offers webinar courses every Tuesday. These sessions are open to all and a live chat with the speakers will be made available. Please note that the recorded webinars are available on the EUIPO learning portal after the broadcast. The May schedule of the webinars is as follows: Tuesday 10 May, 10:00-11:00 (CET): The good and bad side of drugs: accepted principles of morality under Article 7(1)(f) EUTMR - Intermediate Tuesday 24 May, 10:00-11:30 (CET): Misleading invoices: How Europol and EUIPO fight crime? - Basic After this webinar, you will have up-to-date, first-hand crime prevention information on the EUIPO's and Europol's efforts in combating misleading invoices. Visit the Academy's Calendar to access the webinars and see the latest updates for the upcoming months. For further information about the EUIPO Academy's learning offer please visit the Academy's Learning Portal.
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WIPO LAUNCHED E-MADRID GATEWAY
05/05/2022
WIPO recently launched the eMadrid, a new digital gateway that provides users with secure self-service access to all the Madrid System online services and tools to manage international trade mark registrations. The platform can be accessed via the MENU of the WIPO IP Portal, selecting ‘Trademarks > File & Manage’. The launch of the eMadrid gateway is the first in an array of upcoming improvements that will ensure better user experience. Note: While the eMadrid gateway is new, WIPO has not changed the functionality of the actual services that users are already using to manage their portfolio.
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EUIPO Observatory and CPVO – Impact of the Community Plant Variety Rights system on the EU economy and environment
29/04/2022
Today, the EUIPO Observatory in collaboration with the Community Plant Varity Office (CPVO) released a study on the Impact of the Community Plant Variety Rights system on the EU economy and the environment. This document quantifies the economic contribution in the EU of the CPVR system, considering specific aspects of agriculture and horticulture, such as the contribution of the system to the global competitiveness of EU farmers and growers. Besides, it also quantifies the benefits to the environment and sustainability derived from the system. To read the full study, please click here.
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CJEU - Broadcast by streaming of hearings, judgments and opinions as of 26 April
26/04/2022
As of today, the CJEU will offer a streaming service to facilitate the public’s access to its judicial activity. In particular, the delivery of CJEU judgments and the reading of Advocate General opinions in cases assigned to the Grand Chamber will be broadcast live on its website. The hearings will also be the subject of a later broadcast for a pilot period of 6 months - Morning hearings will be available the same day from 14.30 pm, afternoon hearings the following day from 9.30 am, but it will not be possible to consult them subsequently. Viewers will benefit from the simultaneous interpretation of the pleadings in the languages necessary for the proper conduct of the hearing.
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HAPPY WORLD IP DAY! ECTA membership fee: 50% reduction for under 35
26/04/2022
Happy World IP Day! This year’s theme focuses on ‘IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future’ to celebrate how innovative, energetic, and creative young minds are driving positive change. ECTA also recognises the importance of new generations of IP professionals to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and offers a 50% reduction on the applicable ECTA membership fee to practitioners under the age of 35, who have never been a member before. This offer is only valid for those who submit a fully completed application form by the end of tomorrow, 27 April 2022! *Kindly note that late applicants cannot benefit from this opportunity. Don’t forget that members can attend the ECTA 40th Annual Conference ‘Designing the Future’ in Copenhagen (15-18 June 2022) at a reduced fee. New to this year’s format are sessions tailored for young professionals and first-time attendee reception to get introduced to the Association. Share this opportunity with young colleagues of your team or friends from the IP Community!
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NEW LEGISLATION IN UKRAINE: SUSPENSION OF TERMS IN THE IP SPHERE
25/04/2022
On 13 April 2022, the Law of Ukraine ‘On the Protection of Interests of Persons in the Sphere of Intellectual Property during Martial Law, Imposed in Connection with the Armed Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine’ entered into force. According to this law the terms related to acquisition and protection of IPRs are suspended during martial law in Ukraine, including the deadlines for the following actions: • filing an objection (opposition) against Ukrainian trade mark applications and Madrid System registrations; • challenging decisions of the Ukrainian IPO in court or before the Appeal Chamber of the IPO; • renewals/reinstatements of IPRs; • administrative invalidation procedures for patented inventions. The respective terms will be resumed as from the day following the date of repeal or suspension of the martial law. Moreover, in case annuity/renewal fees are due during the martial law, such fees can be paid within 90 days after the martial law is repealed. Also, when individuals and legal entities submit documents (applications, requests, oppositions, responses, etc.), they can do so not later than 90 days after the martial law is repealed without any need to pay official fees for renewal, reinstatement, or extension of the relevant deadlines stipulated by the IP laws and the schedule of official fees. The rules of suspension of terms provided by this Law do not entail the suspension of registration certificates, patents or of the relevant intellectual property rights. The Law has a retroactive effect and applies as of 24 February 2022.
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