Issue 76
  April 2017
Contents:
 

Luxury brands discussed in Hong Kong

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Your Hague questions answered

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The MARQUES Brexit Task Force

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Field Notes from the Outer Borders: Duff Beer

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In memoriam Wubbo de Boer

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Find out about MARQUES events

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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World IP Day marked around the globe

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WIPO and EUIPO in Barcelona

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Latest news from EUIPO

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Luxury brands discussed in Hong Kong

 

 

About 80 people attended the second MARQUES Luxury Brands Symposium, which was held in Hong Kong in March

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Your Hague questions answered

 

 

MARQUES held the first of a series of events on the Hague System in Munich on 25th April 2017

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The MARQUES Brexit Task Force

 

 

The MARQUES Brexit Task Force will identify and represent the key issues for brand owners as the UK prepares to leave the EU


Following the triggering of Article 50 in March, the UK is expected to leave the EU in 2019. In the two years between now and then, the UK government and EU institutions will negotiate terms of the exit and transitional provisions, including those that affect IP rights.

"MARQUES is uniquely placed to represent the views of European trade mark owners," says Roland Mallinson of Taylor Wessing, who chairs the Task Force and hosted an initial discussion during the Team Meetings in Geneva earlier this year.

There has already been a lot of work done by various associations on IP issues, but Roland says: "Rather than join the chorus spelling out all options, I believe MARQUES should preferably identify those best suited for brand owners. We then need to ensure that the relevant officials and ministers, and those advising them, are fully informed of these and properly take the brand owners' perspective into account in these negotiations."

The Task Force will set up an online poll to identify and rank the key issues for brand owners.

Once these issues have been identified, the Task Force members will communicate them to the relevant government officials in the UK. This may have to be after the UK General Election on June 9 when the new government is confirmed.

Importantly, they will also reach out to officials in other EU member states and the EU institutions to raise the same issues with them. If appropriate, MARQUES will work with other brand owner associations in Europe as well.

There was considerable interest in the Task Force at the Spring Meeting from MARQUES members across Europe. If any other members would like to find out more or get involved, they can contact the Secretariat for more information.

 

 

 

Roland Mallinson, Taylor Wessing, who chairs the Brexit Task Force. The photo of Theresa May was shared on the Prime Minister's Twitter page @Number10gov

 

 

 

Field Notes from the Outer Borders: Duff Beer

In the latest report from the IP Emerging Issues Team on unusual trade marks from around the globe, Thomas Raab looks at the emergence of a fictional brand into the real world

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In memoriam Wubbo de Boer

 


It is with great sadness that we report that the former President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (now EUIPO), Wubbo de Boer, passed away on the 20th April at the age of 68

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Find out about MARQUES events

 

MARQUES Media Roundup

Check the MARQUES events page for the latest news about upcoming conferences and seminars, and for material from archived events

 

Sign up to receive posts on the MARQUES Class 46 and Class 99 blogs and follow MARQUES on social media

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World IP Day marked around the globe

 

 

 

Francis Gurry of WIPO, Frank Salzgeber of the European Space Agence and Christopher Dodd of the MPAA were among those to post messages marking World IP Day on 26th April

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WIPO and EUIPO in Barcelona

 

Latest news from EUIPO

WIPO and EUIPO will both be taking part in the INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain from 20th to 24th May. Here's how you can engage with them

 

MARQUES is pleased to share information on the TM5, ID5 meetings, the European Cooperation Projects - Working Groups and the Case Law Laboratory on 12th June with members

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