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.

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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.


The CP1 Working Group is the Working Group of the Convergence project on Classification, which brought together national and regional IP offices of the EU, OHIM and as observers Norway and Switzerland, where Norway has adopted the new common practice of the non-acceptable 11 terms of the Nice Classification class heardings. More information about the convergence of practices, including the scope and outcomes, notably TMCLASS, is available on the ETMDN website.

The OHIM proposal aims to bring greater clarity and precision to 11 Nice class headings, with the aim of making the system more useful for users and providing more accurate general indications of goods and services in each class. 

The class headings affected are those of classes 6, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28 and 31. In each case, examples of the goods included and excluded will replace more general descriptions. 

OHIM’s proposal came after detailed discussion among experts from IP offices and representatives of MARQUES and INTA. MARQUES contributed throughout the negotiations within the CP1 WG, and was represented by Jochen Höhfeld and Alessandra Romeo.

Alessandra said: “MARQUES has been instrumental in reviewing the Nice Classification following the adoption of the new EU common practice last year.” She added that the changes will mean that many applicants will in future avoid using a specification of goods and services that is too ambiguous, which will lead to greater legal certainty and predictability.

The proposal was approved with only minor modifications on 29th April and the changes will enter into force in the 2016 version of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification on 1st January 2016

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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