FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2010
Just what is MARQUES doing? Part II
Continuing the reports by MARQUES Teams (on which please see the previous post):
Remember: MARQUES can only achieve what its members, and in particular its Team members, can do for it. Your involvement is vital!
- Next to report was the Programming Team, which described its role in composing programmes and identifying speakers for the organisation's many events. The theme for MARQUES' September meeting, Berlin is to be "MARQUES Reloaded", which sounds quite mysterious! The 2011 September Meeting is scheduled for Baveno, Italy -- where the theme is "Future Shock".
- The Protocol in South America (PISA) Team then gave a vivid account of legislative progress towards adoption of the Madrid Protocol in one of the world's most promising areas for further economic growth.
- Good news emerged from the Promotion and Membership Team: last year the organisation's membership stood at 609, despite the recession. Plans are afoot for attracting more corporate members, as well as for making a compelling case for getting more corporate members involved.
- The Publications and Website Team announced a wide array of technical facilities currently offered or being monitored by the organisation, include WAP push, streaming, webinars, webcasts, polling and blogging as well as teleconferencing: just ask MARQUES and see what it can do for you.
- The Regulatory Team -- one of MARQUES' smallest and youngest -- was pleased to say that it has gained some fresh recruits (all the teams need volunteers: if you'd like to participate in one, do let MARQUES know). Product placement is the team's next big project, taking a multi-jurisdictional approach and looking beyond Europe to Brazil, India and other leading film-making countries.
- The Trade Mark Law and Practice Team watches the activities of the relevant WIPO Standing Committees, OHIM (on Class Headings and relations with national offices). The team applauds OHIM's efforts to accelerate opposition proceedings, as do we all.
- At the tail of the alphabetical list, the Unfair Competition Team spoke of its 113-page report on the Protection and Infringement of Look-Alikes, the results of its survey (currently available to members only). There are also plans to produce a second annex to it "Who's Behind the Mask?", discussing latest Court of Appeal for the European Union and General Court decisions with relevance to lookalikes. A panel at the Berlin Conference, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", will foster further discussion of the topic.
Posted by: Jeremy Phillips @ 12.08
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