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.

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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.


The Conference resulted in the adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on 20th May. The Geneva Act allows the international registration of GIs, as well as AOs, and permits certain intergovernmental associations to accede to the Lisbon Agreement. It also develops the legal framework of the Lisbon System and introduces changes affecting fee provisions, scope of protection, protection against becoming generic and safeguards for respect of prior trade mark rights.

GI Team participation

Keri Johnston, Vice-Chair of the GI Team, attended all 11 days of the meetings, and provided regular updates on the negotiations for Jeremy Phillips to post on the Class 46 blog. Three other members of the Team – Alessandro Sciarra (Chair of the Team), Miguel Angel Medina (former Chair and Council member) and Ortrun Günzel – were also present for some of the time.

The President of the Diplomatic Conference Ambassador Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, described the adoption of the Geneva Act as a “transcendental moment” for the Lisbon Union and WIPO.

The Geneva Act will enter into force three months after five eligible parties have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession.

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More information is provided in WIPO’s statement on the conclusion of the Diplomatic Conference, and its statement on the opening.

Read all of the GI Team’s updates on the MARQUES Class 46 blog here:

Lisbon Revision Conference: MARQUES cares, MARQUES is there!

Latest from Lisbon: What the MARQUES GI Team has been doing

MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: an update

MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: Day 8

MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: New Act and the Regulations in LI/DC/14 and LI/DC/15 to be recommended to the Plenary

MARQUES at the Lisbon Agreement Conference: Meeting in Plenary for the Adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

The Lisbon System and the Geneva Act: agreement is reached

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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