Issue 062
  February 2016
Contents:
 

Presidential Communication on Article 28(8)

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Coexistence agreement workshop in Poland

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Field notes from the Outer Borders

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Arbitrating and mediating trade marks

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Unlock the benefits of IP Key

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Survey on IPR in third countries

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Speaking Freely: Brands, Art, Public Policy & Genericide

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Bags, luggage, jewellery and watches reports published

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DesignEuropa awards launched

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Enforcement Database Forum

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Reminder on IRs designating United States

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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Presidential Communication on Article 28(8)

 

OHIM has clarified how it will implement Article 28 EUTMR, providing guidance on filing declarations regarding the specification of goods and services. Robert Guthrie explains

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Coexistence agreement workshop in Poland

 

The latest MARQUES Coexistence Agreement Workshop was held in Warsaw, Poland on 18th February


A total of 22 people attended, mostly from local law and IP firms, and the afternoon was divided into two halves.

In the first part, moderators Monika Stepien and Joanna Kowalewska gave a presentation with general information on coexistence agreements and related issues such as competition law. In the second part, the participants divided into two groups representing the competing companies for the case study.

The case study used essentially the same parties and marks from similar workshops MARQUES has hosted in other cities, with US company Nimble and German rival Nimby in dispute over the NIMBLE brand.

“We were pleased that after a lot of discussion the two parties reached an agreement,” said Monika. “During the workshop we got a clear picture of the problem and the most critical point was regarding the trade mark for class 25 – clothing.”

As the parties were not likely to agree on dividing territory or limiting the specification of goods, the possibility of rebranding was discussed and the team representing the US company agreed to modify their mark in a small but significant way.

“The workshop showed that, if both parties are willing, there’s always a solution. You have to be able to compromise,” said Monika. The agreement reached between the parties included a letter of consent regarding commitments post-agreement.

Monika added that feedback from participants after the event had been positive: “It’s very good to have these kinds of interactive workshops – people were very involved in the discussion.”

Field notes from the Outer Borders

 

The IP Outer Borders Team’s latest field note is on …

a field!

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Arbitrating and mediating trade marks

MARQUES is hosting an event on arbitrating and mediating trade marks in London on 19th April 2016

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Unlock the benefits of IP Key

 

Survey on IPR in third countries

IP Key has recently updated the Roadmap on trade mark protection in China, taking into account recent changes in the legislation

 

MARQUES members are invited to participate in the forthcoming survey on enforcing IP rights in third countries, which launches on 1st March

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Speaking Freely: Brands, Art, Public Policy & Genericide

The first article in the IP Outer Borders Team’s series on topical branding issues looks at public engagement with brands, and the clash between trade mark rights and freedom of expression

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Bags, luggage, jewellery and watches reports published

 

 


The Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, based at OHIM in Alicante, has published two more reports on the economic cost of IPR infringement

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DesignEuropa awards launched

 

Enforcement Database Forum

 

 

 

 

The new DesignEuropa awards, to be held in November this year in Milan, will celebrate excellence in design and design management among RCD owners

 

The Enforcement Database (EDB) Forum 2016 will take place at OHIM in Alicante on 28th and 29th June

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Reminder on IRs designating United States

 

MARQUES Media Roundup

WIPO recently published the following Madrid Information Notice regarding international registrations designating the United States

 

Catch up on all the trade mark and design news and analysis on the MARQUES blogs and social media channels. Here are some recent highlights

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