Issue 53
  May 2015
Contents:
 

Book now for the Annual Conference in Vienna!

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MARQUES plays its part in revision of Lisbon Agreement

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Learn about arbitration in Singapore

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Revisions to the Nice Classification

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TTAB rulings may be binding on federal courts – US Supreme Court

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Madrid System seminar coming up in Geneva

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WIPO updates Madrid website

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Mark your calendars

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Media Roundup

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Madrid System Survey: last chance

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Book now for the Annual Conference in Vienna!

 

Registration for the 29th MARQUES Annual Conference, to be held in Vienna from 15th to 18th September, is now open. The Early Bird rate is available until Friday 3rd July.


The theme of the Conference is “Mind the Brand! Psychology of Brands”. Many of the sessions will focus on the legal issues and challenges of brand psychology. The Conference will also cover topical issues such as advertising on the internet, the implementation of the EC Customs Regulation in 2015 and updates on OHIM, WIPO and EU case law.

Willkommen in Wien

The Conference will be held at the Hilton Stadtpark Hotel and delegates will be accommodated both here and in the nearby Intercontinental Wien Hotel. Among the planned social events are dinner at the Palais Liechtenstein, with an opportunity to view the Royal family’s private library and art collection, and a Gala Dinner at the Schonbrunn Palace.

The Opening Ceremony will be performed by Dr Andrea Scheichl, Vice-President of the Austrian Patent and Trademark Office. The session speakers include Dr Christian Scheier, Joint Managing Director of Decode Marketingberatung GmbH and Prof Dr Dr h c Joachim Bornkamm, Presiding Judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Germany.

There will also be speakers from OHIM, WIPO and Austrian Customs, and from companies including Google, Philips and Honda Motor Europe.

Thursday afternoon will offer a choice of five workshops covering non-use cancellation, look-alikes and product get-ups, the life of a famous or well-known mark, M&A and restructuring, and geographical indications.

Early Bird details

The Early Bird rate for the full programme, including three nights accommodation, is €2,500 (£2,000). This increases to €2,900 (£2,320) for members and €3,350 (£2,680) for non-members after 3rd July.

For more details, and to register, click here

MARQUES plays its part in revision of Lisbon Agreement

 

Members of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications took part in a Diplomatic Conference in Geneva last month. MARQUES was represented throughout the negotiations by members of the GI Team.

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Learn about arbitration in Singapore

 

MARQUES will host a meeting on protecting trade marks with arbitration and domain name UDRP as part of IP Week in Singapore in August.

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Revisions to the Nice Classification

The Committee of Experts of the Nice Union has accepted changes to the Nice Classification proposed by OHIM and prepared by the CP1 Working Group. MARQUES was one of two users associations that took part in this Working Group.

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TTAB rulings may be binding on federal courts – US Supreme Court

 

Brand owners may now need to put more effort in to US oppositions and cancellations or risk being bound later in infringement suit, as Janet Satterthwaite explains.

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Madrid System seminar coming up in Geneva

 

WIPO updates Madrid website

WIPO is hosting a Madrid System Seminar at its headquarters in Geneva on 18th and 19th June.

 

The Madrid System website was updated in May, as part of a longer term project to ensure it meets the information and transactional requirements of users.

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Mark your calendars

 

Media Roundup

 

In addition to the Annual Conference, there are MARQUES events lined up this year in Dublin, Zurich, Singapore and The Hague.

 

 

Community design law research, a new CJEU referral from the Benelux and PUMA v POODLE in Germany were among the topics being discussed on the MARQUES blogs this month.

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Survey on Madrid System Dependency Principle

 

The deadline for completing WIPO’s Survey on the Madrid System Dependency Principle has been extended to 7th June.

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