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ECTA 42ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANTWERP - A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE CURTAIN! INTERVIEW WITH F. PETER MULLER, MODERATOR OF THE SESSION ‘MEDIATION AND ADR. DISPUTE RESOLUTION FROM AN ALTERNATE ANGLE’
19/04/2024
REGISTER NOW for the ECTA 42nd Annual Conference in Antwerp! We will kickstart the Conference academic program by learning more about IP mediation and ADR in a session moderated by F. Peter Müller, Müller Schupfner & Partner, DE. 1. Introduce yourself and your link to ECTA. My name is F. Peter Müller and I have the honour to moderate the Wednesday workshop on ADR in the IP field together with representatives from the EUIPO and practitioners from the EU, China, and the US. I have been a member of ECTA since 1996 and served as President between 2014 and 2016. Currently, I am Chair of the newly established Patent Committee. I think ECTA is one of the best IP associations in the EU, especially because it brings together business opportunities, scientific discussions on IP, very valuable knowledge for my IP practice and good friends. 2. Introduce the topic of your Conference session. Our workshop delves into mediation and related ADR solutions on IP disputes, including oppositions, revocation actions, infringement actions - covering also patents - and this in an international environment. Speakers will talk about the new EUIPO Mediation Centre, ADR Resolutions in China and the US, the Singapore Convention, offering practical advice for initiating and conducting successful mediations while minimising time and costs. Additionally, attendees will gain insights from successful mediation cases shared by the speakers. 3. Introduce the panel of your Conference session. I am pleased to introduce our distinguished panel: • Sven Stürmann, EUIPO, ES • Michele Ferrante, Ferrante Intellectual Property, CN • Aurélia Marie, Cabinet Beau de Loménie, FR • Lisa Pearson, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, US 4. Why should Conference participants join your session, and at whom in particular will your session be directed? While tailored for litigators, I also recommend prosecutors to attend to understand what will happen to your IP rights if caught in negotiations. This session is also particularly beneficial for newcomers to ADR and young practitioners, but even experienced litigators might gain some new insights! 5. Why should IP colleagues register for the ECTA Annual Conference? The ECTA Annual Conference, which I have been attending for nearly 30 years now, offers a wealth of new information on current IP issues, aiding in the design of future applications and refining lists of goods and services. You will gain practical knowledge, which you can use immediately after the Conference. Moreover, you get to know colleagues from all over the world, fostering new business contacts, and the chance to assist EU colleagues, especially in disputes. Beyond its professional benefits, the Conference is always fun and attendees will make many friends there. **Find out more about the other educational sessions here or watch the video teaser about the academic program here!**
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ECTA 42ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANTWERP - A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE CURTAIN! INTERVIEW WITH ALBERTO GIORDANO, MODERATOR OF THE SESSION ‘EQUAL ACCESS TO SPARKLING OPPORTUNITIES? DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION’
05/04/2024
REGISTER NOW and join us at the ECTA 42nd Annual Conference in Antwerp! Among numerous interesting panels, our attendees will also discuss around Diversity & Inclusion, fundamental for a forward-looking IP landscape, in a session moderated by Alberto Giordano, Chadha & Chadha, IN. 1. Introduce yourself and your link to ECTA. My name is Alberto Giordano, EU Trade Mark and Design Attorney. In 2020 I joined Chadha & Chadha IP to help foreign companies in protection and enforcement of IP rights in India. From 2021 I am serving the ECTA Programme Committee, and I actively participated in ECTA Conferences and seminars for some years already. 2. Introduce the topic of your Conference session. A world where everyone feels valued, respected and included is still a dream. Despite significant progress over the past years, there is still a lot of work to be done. During the panel, we aim to discuss and explore strategies for cultivating a diverse and inclusive workspace where all voices are heard and acknowledged. 3. Introduce the panel of your Conference session. I will have the pleasure of moderating a panel featuring esteemed professionals from diverse backgrounds: • Deborah Hampton, Trade Mark Team Leader at The Chemours Company, US • Davide Leiballi, EU Trade Mark and Design Attorney at Studio Legale Withers, IT • Roland de Meersman, Managing Director at ABAC-BAAN npo, BE They will share their experience from three different parts of the world, yet inspired by the same commitment to greater inclusivity. I really look forward to discussing with them and engaging with the audience. 4. Why should Conference participants join your session, and at whom in particular will your session be directed? This session welcomes all colleagues who aim for a brighter, more inclusive and diverse IP landscape and who are eager to share their ideas and experiences. This discussion is a pivotal moment for our association as we delve into D&I discussion for the first time in a Conference session. 5. Why should IP colleagues register for the ECTA Annual Conference? The ECTA Annual Conference is a key event for IP professionals, offering a rich array of academic sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities. By attending, you will immerse yourself in cutting-edge discussions, make meaningful connections and become part of the vibrant ECTA Family! **Find out more about the other educational sessions here or watch the video teaser about the academic program here!**
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Register free of charge for the ECTA ®etreat in The Hague 'Moving Beyond the Frontiers of IP' in collaboration with BOIP
03/04/2024
Boost your CLE credits by attending the ECTA ®ETREAT in The Hague (18 April), co-organised with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). Register now to secure your place! This year's ®ETREAT is free of charge, do not miss this exceptional opportunity. We will move beyond the frontiers of IP with engaging discussions on: IP Valuation: Why, When, How? (Morning Session) This panel will discuss key aspects of IP valuation that play an important role based on a company's lifecycle. From inception to insolvency, the why, when and how of IP valuation will be addressed, including different methods of valuation and the importance of licensing. This session is moderated by Eline Schiebroek (BOIP, NL) and will feature Pieter Van Den Broecke (Linklaters LLP, BE), Stijn De Nijs (EY Strategy and Transactions, BE), Bart De Moor (Strelia, BE), and Nicole Ockl (TUI, DE). Exhaustion of IP Rights (Afternoon session) With the ECJ decision of 18 January 2024 in case C-367/21 (Hewlett Packard Development Company LP / Senetic S.A.) some IP professionals have referred to the effect of the decision as a paradigm shift, with regards to the burden of proof. The panel will discuss the decision and explore its expected impact on the issue of trade in unauthorized parallel imported products into the EU. This session is moderated by Gie van den Broek (LXA Attorneys, NL) and will feature Pieter Veeze (BOIP, NL), Janette Hamer (Forresters, UK), Maarten Haak (Hoogenraad & Haak, NL). Participants will have ample networking time during the lunch break and a cocktail reception following the ®ETREAT. You can consult the program here. Secure your spot soon, as capacity fills up quickly!
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2024 EUIPO GUIDELINES FOR EXAMINATION OF EUTMS AND RCDS CAME INTO FORCE
02/04/2024
The 2024 EUIPO Guidelines for examination of EU trade marks and registered Community designs came into force on 31 March 2024. The Guidelines outline the EUIPO’s general instructions to be applied in the most frequent scenarios and adapted to specific cases. Available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, the Guidelines can be accessed in either a clean version or a track-changed version, visible via the ‘show modification’ function, which highlights modifications compared to the previous edition. The EUIPO has also made available a webinar with an overview of the main changes introduced in this new edition. The webinar will answer the following questions: • Where can I find information on means of evidence? • What are the developments of the Office’s practice on virtual goods and non-fungible tokens? • What is seen as ‘best practices’ in proceedings before the Office? • What are the changes in practice brought about by recent case-law? ----- ECTA contributed actively during the last revision cycle of the Guidelines and thanks its members for their active participation.
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EU toolbox against counterfeiting adopted by European Commission
02/04/2024
The European Commission has recently adopted a Recommendation to combat counterfeiting both offline and online, also known as the EU toolbox against counterfeiting. The toolbox aims to strengthen the enforcement of IPRs by improving collaboration between right holders, service providers, and law enforcement while encouraging best practices and the use of modern tools and technologies. To find out more about key actions and tools proposed, please consult the official press release here. The European Commission and the EUIPO will monitor the implementation of this Recommendation and will assess its effects within three years from the adoption.
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REGISTER for the ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp!
01/04/2024
The 42nd ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp is coming up soon! REGISTER HERE! ECTA members can attend a reduced fee. If you are not a member, JOIN ECTA before registering for the Conference! Known as the city of diamonds, Antwerp offers a radiant setting for exploring the 'Many Facets of IP'. Secure your spot promptly to take advantage of the best pricing! Watch the video teaser of the Conference! The agenda is rich, covering a wide range of interests and with a focus on sustainability - a key for a better future. Check out the programme here, attendance options and prices here. Early Bird ends on 29 March! We have secured a number of rooms at various hotels close to the Flanders Meeting and Convention Centre Antwerp (FMCCA). For details on hotel options and reservation at ECTA rates and conditions, please refer to the confirmation email received upon registration, but hurry, ECTA rooms are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis! Attendees can expect great learning sessions on the latest IP trends and case law, as well as intensive networking in superb venues: welcome reception at Horta Grand Café (sponsored by: ALTIUS, DLA PIPER, ETHIKOS, GEVERS, INTEO, JANSON, KIRKPATRICK, NOVAGRAAF, WIGGIN), Belgian evening in the FMCCA gardens, and Gala Dinner at Handelsbeurs, the world's first purpose-built commodity exchange building. Antwerp's central location allows easy access for many colleagues as it is seamlessly connected by high-speed train to major cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Cologne - and is just a swift 30-minute train trip to/from Brussels International Airport. We eagerly look forward to welcoming you to Antwerp!
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ECTA 42ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANTWERP – EARLY BIRD ENDS TODAY! INTERVIEW WITH DELIA BELCIU, MODERATOR OF THE SESSION ‘THE BRILLIANT FUTURE? AI AND DATA’
29/03/2024
Hurry up, Early Bird pricing ends today - Register Here! This year's academic program includes one of the most compelling topics for IP professionals: AI and data. Engage in a lively discussion during the session moderated by Delia Belciu from DB Law Office, RO. 1. Introduce yourself and your link to ECTA. I am Delia Belciu, attorney-at-law as well as European and Romanian Trade Mark and Design Attorney, currently practicing in Bucharest, Romania. I have been part of the wonderful ECTA Family for many years, and I am currently serving as the Chair of ECTA Artificial Intelligence and Data Committee, as well as a member of ECTA Supervisory Board. 2. Introduce the topic of your Conference session. The topic of the session that I will moderate on 20 June is fascinating, touching one of the most dynamic and interesting current topics, namely Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and data. Indeed, there is no AI without data. During the session, the topic will be explored from different angles. We will address the legislative framework, and discuss the interplay between AI and technology, AI and data, AI and trade marks, designs, copyright, AI and human factor, and how AI is used in practice. 3. Introduce the panel of your Conference session. The panel has stellar professionals who will deliver their valuable perspectives on AI, starting from their practical experience. The speakers of the session will be: • Mr. Geo van Langenhove, Legal & Compliance Manager EURid, Belgium; • Ms. Mary White, Stobbs Ireland Limited, Ireland; • Mr. Frédéric Le Mauff, Senior Corporate IP Counsel, Biomerieux, France; • Ms. Ingrid Mennens, Managing Director, Novagraaf Belgium. 4. Why should Conference participants join your session, and at whom in particular will your session be directed? Like it or not, ready or not, AI is more and more present in our daily personal and professional lives and it is developing faster than ever. The session is adressed to all participants of the ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp as the topic is relevant to IP professionals across all sectors. The participants to the session will get different perspectives from top-notch professionals on AI, learn about its benefits and some of its possible downsides. 5. Why should IP colleagues register for the ECTA Annual Conference? I encourage all IP colleagues to register and attend ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp. ECTA is an enriching experience both on a professional and personal level, a big wonderful professional family. On top of it, Antwerp is an amazing city that deserves to be discovered and enjoyed. **Find out more about the other educational sessions here or watch the video teaser about the academic program here!**
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ECTA Bulletin: the March Edition is Out!
27/03/2024
ECTA Bulletin: the March Edition is Out! ✨ Exclusive interviews with João Negrão, EUIPO Executive Director; Mireia Curell, first female ECTA President and Member of Honour, and F. Peter Müller, Chair of the newly created ECTA Patent Committee. ✨ Sneak peek into the upcoming ECTA 42nd Annual Conference in Antwerp - Don’t miss the Early Bird pricing - Register before 29 March! ✨ Case law on the enforceability of slogans in Germany; the distinctiveness of the Haribo gummy bear, and the intersection of celebrity fame and trade mark protection within the EU. ✨ Articles on geo-blocking and the limits of enforcing copyright protection in the context of the Digital Single Market; the requirement of ‘trade mark use’ in Chinese trade mark practice; trade mark infringements of trade names from the perspective of Turkish Courts; strategies to protect GIs in the US with a focus on wines and spirits, and much more. ✨ ECTA Committee updates and a warm welcome to our new members! The print-friendly version is available for members only in the Library section of the ECTA private site. We thank the ECTA Publications Committee for compiling another great issue. Enjoy reading it!
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ECTA 42ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANTWERP - EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS SOON! INTERVIEW WITH MARIA CECILIA ROMOLEROUX, MODERATOR OF THE SESSION ‘THE MANY FORMS OF INDULGENCE - THE ROLE OF IP IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY’
21/03/2024
EARLY BIRD ENDS SOON on 29 March! Don’t delay and register now to benefit from the discounted rates! Get ready for an enriching educational experience and engaging discussions on captivating topics, such as the role of IP in the food industry. Join us for a dedicated session moderated by Maria Cecilia Romoleroux, CorralRosales, EC. 1. Please introduce yourself and your link to ECTA. I am Maria Cecilia Romoleroux, partner at CorralRosales in Ecuador. I have been an active member of ECTA for many years and currently serve as Secretary of the Programme Committee. 2. Please introduce the topic of your Conference session. The food industry has been evolving not only from a business, commercial, and consumer standpoint but also in terms of legal regulation. Currently, intellectual property plays a vital role in the food industry, in terms of encouraging innovation in goods and technologies and also in the protection of intangible assets, such as industrial secrets and trade marks, through traditional and non-traditional signs, among others. All this and more will be addressed in our panel ‘The many forms of indulgence - The role of IP in the food industry’. Being in Belgium, we will also have some IP insights about beer and chocolate, don’t miss out! 3. Please introduce the panel of your Conference session. It is a privilege to introduce our panellists both from the industry and private practice, who all have a brilliant trajectory and experience in their respective fields: • Maria Antonella Incardona, LUPPI Intellectual Property (Italy) • François Uyttenhove, Senior IP Manager, AB INBEV (Belgium) • Ozgul Gungor, Global IP Manager, GODIVA, Yıldız Holding A.Ş (Turkey) • Ilya Lipaev, IP International Manager, FERRERO (Luxembourg) 4. Why should Conference participants join your session, and at whom in particular will your session be directed? The food industry is a multifaceted subject, which makes it an attractive topic for all IP professionals, who, through continuous updating and understanding of the industry, will be able to provide highly specialised advice according to the requirements and needs of their clients. 5. Why should IP colleagues register for the ECTA Annual Conference? ECTA is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and strengthen business relationships and friendships with IP professionals from different parts of the world and with different points of view that nurture and expand our perspective. Add to this the opportunity to be updated on relevant topics of professional interest in a friendly environment and the result is a unique experience not to be missed. See you in Belgium! **Find out more about the other educational sessions here or watch the video teaser about the academic program here!**
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New EU Design Legislation Adopted by the European Parliament
19/03/2024
The European Parliament has adopted the update of the EU design rules last week. ECTA has been an active contributor to the legislative process (alongside INTA and MARQUES) and advocated strongly for a number of changes. This new set of rules addresses among others the emergence of new technologies such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence. EU design protection will now clearly cover new designs beyond physical objects to visualised graphics, arrangements as interior and exterior environments, including also features as moving or transitioning animations. The regulation and directive will enter into force 20 days after their publication in the Official Journal. The regulation will start to apply after 4 months and Member States will have 36 months to transpose the directive into their national systems. For more information, please refer to the official press release here. Advocacy Process and Joint Efforts of ECTA, INTA, and MARQUES In recent years, ECTA has been highly engaged in the domain of design, particularly in the ongoing EU Design Reform. This involvement includes active participation in meetings with officials from institutions such as the European Commission, EUIPO, and WIPO, alongside dedicated events, Conference sessions, and significant contributions from our Committees, in particular the Design Committee. ECTA has submitted several individual position papers and other contributions related to designs: a Position Paper on 3D Printing and its Implications on Design Law (see here), a Position Paper on the Interpretation of Technical Functionality under Art. 8(1) CDR (see here), as well as a Position Paper on Rim Design and the Repair Clause (see here). As concern the EU Design Reform, ECTA has regularly engaged in discussions with officials during its Bilateral Meetings with the European Commission and the EUIPO, and has jointly advocated throughout the legislative process with other associations, notably INTA and MARQUES. In July 2018 the three associations submitted a Joint Paper on the Legal Review of the EU Designs System (see here), and in January 2021 Joint Comments on the European Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment (see here). During the Public Consultation in January 2023, joint comments were submitted to review the European Commission’s proposals for a revised EU Designs Regulation and Directive (see here). In June 2023, concrete wording recommendations were provided to the European Parliament for the proposed reform text. Most recently, in October 2023, during the final stages of the legislative process, we offered a joint perspective on the amendments proposed by the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs and by individual Members of the Parliament (see here). We express our gratitude to the ECTA Design Committee for their significant contributions to the policy initiatives of the association in recent years.
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Join the ECTA Young Professionals Group!
15/03/2024
Exciting news! We are happy to introduce the ECTA Young Professionals Group: a new hub for younger ECTA members. Led by our dynamic members, Julie De Blecker and Amelia Skelding, this group is all about fostering fresh perspectives and enhancing networking opportunities. Ready to be part of it? If you are under 38 and keen on joining, submit your candidacy by 3 May and, once accepted, you will get a direct invitation from the group leaders. Don't miss out on this chance to enrich your ECTA experience. Submit your candidacy here.
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ECTA 42nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANTWERP - A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE CURTAIN! INTERVIEW WITH ANETTE HENRYSSON, MODERATOR OF THE SESSION ‘LIGHT ON ANIMAL TRADE MARKS - NAVIGATING THE LEGAL JUNGLE’
14/03/2024
Only two weeks left to avail the early bird discount and save €300! Explore the ‘Many Facets of IP’ at the ECTA 42nd Annual Conference in Antwerp on 19-22 June 2024! REGISTER HERE! Among numerous rinteresting panels, our attendees will also navigate the legal jungle discussing animal trade marks in a session moderated by Anette Henrysson, from aera (Sweden). 1. Please introduce yourself and your link to ECTA. My name is Anette Henrysson, partner and Attorney-at-Law at aera, a European IP consultancy firm. For more than 25 years I have been working with intellectual property rights, in the industry and as legal counsel in private practice. I have been a member of ECTA for a couple of years where I am active as member of the Supervisory Board and the Professional Affairs and Membership Committee. 2. Please introduce the topic of your Conference session. Everybody has a relation to animals and animal signs that are often associated with certain qualities or even referred to as mythical creatures. It is, therefore, not surprising that animal brands have been popular in marketing throughout history. However, gaining and maintaining trade mark protection for animal signs can be a challenge. In this session ‘Light on Animal Trade Marks - Navigating the Legal Jungle’ we will share insights and discuss the most iconic case law considering animal trade marks in the European Union. 3. Please introduce the panel of your Conference session. I am very excited about our distinguished panel. The combination of high-level representation from the EUIPO Boards of Appeal, industry expertise and an attorney from private practice will bring immense experience and different perspectives to the topic. • Member of the 3rd (Designs) and 5th (Trade marks) Boards of Appeal and accredited mediator at the EUIPO, Sergio Rizzo; • Intellectual Property Director Trade Marks at JT International (Switzerland), Ronald van Tuijl; • Managing Partner, Attorney-at-Law and Head of Intellectual Property at Noerr Alicante IP S.L. (Spain), Member of the ECTA Law Committee, Tobias Dolde. 4. Why should Conference participants join your session, and at whom in particular will your session be directed? All IP practitioners have come across the challenge to assess similarities between trade marks, and to compare animal marks taking into account i.e. the semantic content, can be even harder. I believe that this session will therefore be of interest and is applicable to anyone who wishes to apply for trade mark protection or needs to decide on whether to take action or not, against third party use. 5. Why should IP colleagues register for the ECTA Annual Conference? In addition to the educational sessions, the ECTA Annual Conference gives you the opportunity to meet and discuss tricky IP issues with your fellow IP professionals from across the world. Altogether, this will ensure that you leave the Conference filled with inspiring take aways. I hope to meet you in Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world! **Find out more about the other educational sessions here or watch the video teaser about the academic program here!**
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AI Act approved by the European Parliament today
13/03/2024
By Delia Belciu, AI and Data Committee Chair, DB Law Office, Romania After the agreement reached unanimously with EU countries, the European Parliament has voted with a large majority today, 13 March 2024, the landmark Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) Act, which sets out rules on how AI will be regulated in the European Union with a probable influence around the world. In short, the AI Act establishes obligations for AI based on potential risks and level of impact. For example, certain AI applications such as social scoring, AI used to manipulate human behaviour, etc., will be banned in the European Union, others considered as high-risk will have to comply with strict requirements, while online deepfakes will have to be clearly labelled. The complex path of implementation of the AI Act will be opened soon. To find out more, please consult the official news here.
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ECTA 42nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANTWERP - A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE CURTAIN! INTERVIEW WITH LIDY-ANNE JESWIET, MODERATOR OF THE SESSION ‘DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREEN - SUSTAINABILITY IN TRADE MARKS’
08/03/2024
Join us at the ECTA 42nd Annual Conference in Antwerp on 19-22 June 2024! There is still some time to benefit from the early bird fees – Hurry up and REGISTER HERE! We have put together a great high-level educational program and are ready to delve into the ‘Many Facets of IP’ with a special focus on sustainability, in line with 2024 WIPO theme IP & the sustainable development goals. Among numerous interesting panels, we will discuss green trade marks in a dedicated session moderated by Lidy-Anne Jeswiet from Kirkpatrick SA (Belgium). 1. Introduce yourself and your link to ECTA. I am an IP Counsel, Benelux and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, and CEO of Kirkpatrick S.A. For me, ECTA is the association where you can exchange experiences and gain a broad IP knowledge, network with people with the same IP passion from all over Europe and beyond, and be part of a large IP Family. In addition, contributing to the important role that ECTA plays as a sparring partner, a recognised reference for organisations such as the EUIPO and legislative bodies, is very existing. I am honoured to chair the session ‘Different Shades of Green - Sustainability in Trade Marks’ at this year’s ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp on Thursday, 20 June 2024. 2. Introduce the topic of your Conference session. As the climate crisis comes to a head and there is more and more politicization of environmental and social governance, consumers look for ways to buy more sustainable and businesses to satisfy this demand. Eco-advertising, green marketing campaigns, trade marks ‘going green’, but also greenwashing and the opposite, green hushing, have become commonplace. How do the legislative bodies react? How do businesses find the balance? Can something bad (counterfeit) end up good (responsible disposal)? 3. Introduce the panel of your Conference session. The first speaker will be Peter Johannes Klein, a German attorney at Vossius. He is specialised in trade mark, design, competition, food and internet law, and has a great deal of experience in litigation. He has also successfully litigated many authoritative cases related to greenwashing and sustainability claims. Our second speaker will be John Wilks, a solicitor at DLA Piper UK LLP, who has extensive experience in a range of domestic and international intellectual property issues, advertising and marketing law, breach of confidence and data protection work. He is very much concerned about greenwashing and will give us the UK setting. The third speaker is Sara Citterio, General Counsel at the Italian well known luxury fashion house Trussardi in Milan, who is prepared to talk about her practice, sustainability policies and ways of working in the current ‘green’ trade mark landscape. Ronald Brohn, Managing Director of REACT, The Netherlands, will be our fourth speaker. Since 1991 he is the director and founder of REACT, The European Anti-Counterfeiting Network, a worldwide anti-counterfeiting network for more than 340 multinationals, involved in numerous seizures and the destruction of counterfeit goods. 4. Why should Conference participants join your session, and at whom in particular will your session be directed? This session offers relevant, current, and multifaceted discussions suitable for all professionals, particularly those interested in a sustainable (IP) world. 5. Why should IP colleagues register for the ECTA Annual Conference? The Conference offers excellent educational opportunities and a chance to connect with the IP community of the EU and beyond, whether it is making new acquaintances or reuniting with old IP friends. Plus, the ECTA Conference is always fun, and Antwerp is a fantastic city! **Find out more about the other educational sessions here or watch the teaser on the academic program here!**
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ECTA-EUIPO BILATERAL MEETING IN ALICANTE
04/03/2024
Last week, ECTA and EUIPO held their Bilateral Meeting at the EUIPO Headquarters in Alicante to discuss topics of mutual interest and importance, such as: 🔷 New competencies and responsibilities of the EUIPO, alongside its forthcoming plans for collaboration with User Associations, international cooperation and various aspects of the future Strategic Plan of the Office; 🔷 Latest development on the agri and non-agri GIs reforms; 🔷 SME programme updates; 🔷 Various abuses of the IP system, such as abuse of the EUIPO User Area credentials; 🔷 Numerous procedural issues when it comes to representation before the Office, including cancellation proceedings, re-opening of the examinations, filing of evidence, extensions of time limits, rejoinders and others; 🔷 Key recent case law and a number of other practical IP topics. ECTA was represented by Mladen Vukmir (ECTA President); Anna Ostanina (ECTA Head of Legal Affairs); Cristina Bercial (EUIPO-Link Committee Chair); Sarka Petivlasova (EUIPO-Link Committee Vice-Chair); Klaudia Blach-Morysinska (EUIPO-Link Committee Secretary); Benjamin Fontaine (Amicus Curiae Task Force Chair); Aitor Pomares (EUIPO-Link Committee Member); Isabel Cortes (EUIPO-Link Committee Member); Bartosz Krakowiak (EUIPO-Link Committee Member). We are extremely grateful to the EUIPO for the very productive meeting and for the fruitful cooperation and open dialogue we have established over the past years. We look forward to our future exchanges and cooperation when it comes to improvement of the IP landscape in Europe.
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Revised Rules of Procedure of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal entered into force today
01/03/2024
The revised Rules of Procedure of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal entered into force today, 1 March 2024. The most significant changes concern the calculation and extension of time limits (Article 3 BoA RoP), procedures for suspensions (Article 44 BoA RoP), as well as provisions concerning alternative dispute resolution (Articles 33 to 34 BoA RoP). To find out more, please read the official news here. ----- ECTA contributed actively during this revision cycle of the Guidelines and thanks its members and, in particular, the EUIPO-Link Committee, for their active involvement.
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EUROPEAN SISTER ASSOCIATIONS’ (ESA) MEETING IN AMSTERDAM
28/02/2024
Yesterday, ECTA President Mladen Vukmir and ECTA Head of Legal Affairs Anna Ostanina participated on behalf of ECTA in the European Sister Associations’ (ESA) meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which brought together esteemed representatives from APRAM, BMM, CITMA, ECTA, GRUR, MARQUES, and UNION-IP. During the event, ESA members delved into pressing matters, explored joint initiatives, and engaged in thoughtful discussions about recent developments in IP legislation and practice. We extend our gratitude to all participants for their valuable contributions and exchanges! We thank BMM and UNION-IP for their flawless thorough joint organisation of this very important event. Together, we aim to forge stronger collaborations and cooperate further to contribute to the creation and improvement of a more balanced IP system for the benefit of its users.
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ECTA AWARD: Submit your Paper by 28 February 2024!
12/02/2024
All IP professionals and students are invited to submit an article or essay of importance for the development of the EU intellectual property law. For each category (professional and student) one winner will be selected, who will receive a monetary prize of €1,000 and 18 months of complimentary ECTA membership. The winners will be honoured by ECTA President at the Award ceremony during the ECTA Annual Conference in Antwerp and invited to the Gala Dinner. Furthermore, an interview with the winners will be featured in the October 2024 edition of the ECTA Bulletin, and the winning papers will be showcased on the ECTA website. The winning paper in the student category (only) will also be published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice by Oxford University Press. Last but not least, award winners interested in attending the ECTA Annual Conference in 2024 and/or in 2025 will receive a 50% reduction on the applicable conference rate. Consult the ECTA Award submission requirements and judging criteria and send your paper to ecta@ecta.org by 28 February 2024. Kindly indicate whether you are participating in the Professional or Student category. All submissions will be judged by the ECTA Professional Affairs and Membership Committee with the support of other Committees and under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The publication of the winning paper in the student category is subject to the final decision of the editors of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. We look forward to receiving your papers!
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Conclusions from the meeting of the Circle of European Trade Mark Judges
02/02/2024
We are pleased to inform ECTA members of the conclusions from the last meeting of the Circle of European Trade Mark Judges (CET-J), held in Prague on 28-30 September 2023. The CET-J is an independent group of 23 judges from 19 European countries, including the UK, Switzerland, Norway, and Turkey, which meets every year in one of the European capitals to facilitate the exchange of insights and information on significant national rulings that are discussed at European level. The judicature of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is examined with regard to national decisions, evaluated in terms of uniform application and any open questions arising. The collaborative work carried out by the CET-J results in the summary of the most important points of discussion - the Conclusions.
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Register for the ECTA Round Table in Alicante on Evidence before the EUIPO (29 February 2024)
01/02/2024
REGISTER for the ECTA Round Table in Alicante ‘All you wanted to know about evidence before the EUIPO: from evidence of use, acquired distinctiveness, and reputation to well-known facts’. 📍 Alicante, 29 February 2024 (16:30-19:30) onsite only! 🟢 Free of charge 🌐 In collaboration with the Commercial Law Department of the University of Alicante and the IP Master Magister Lvcentinvs The event is organised into three insightful panels: 1) What to prove 2) When to prove 3) How to prove, and distinguished speakers from the private practice, industry, EUIPO and EUIPO Boards of Appeal will share their expertise. You can consult the program here. Following the event, please stay for networking during the cocktail reception at the university. Due to limited capacity of the room, registration will close once maximum number is reached. We encourage you to secure your spot promptly!
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