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

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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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The Class 46 blog on trade mark developments now has nearly 5,200 subscribers and the Class 99 blog on designs has more than 2,600.

If you are not signed up to receive email updates, you are missing out on news such as:

Russia Liberalises Law to Accede to International Agreements

... at least in the field of design law. We thank the ladies of IPStyle for the news that Russia has acceeded to the Hague Agreement. Keep your shirt on - you cannot designate it yet, but it won't be long coming; watch the WIPO website.

Read more: https://marques.org/class99/Default.asp?XID=BHA787

Benelux copyright in old designs - the EU rules

It has taken us a while to note Case C-169/15, Montis Design BV v Goossens Meubelen BV, the latest from the EU Court of Justice on design copyright.  The case concerns copyright in two Montis chairs, the Charly armchair and the Chaplin dining chair - in both cases, the current versions are from the Montis website. Their designs were registered at WIPO in 1988 as DM/010786, which expired in 1993 since Montis did not pay the first renewal fee. This was unfortunate for them, as Goossens brought out a copycat product. Montis sued them for breach of copyright. The case found its way to the Benelux Court, which referred it to the CJEU. The Benelux Opinion and referring Decision (in French and Flemish) are here.

Read more: https://marques.org/class99/Default.asp?XID=BHA786

The three-striped saga continues

In Case R 1515/2016-2, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently found the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) on the right to be invalid, because the mark did not enable consumers to identify clothing items as originating from a particular producer. As readers may (or may not) recognise, the mark is part of a group of "three-striped marks" owned by the German sportswear manufacturer Adidas AG. For several years, the three stripes have kept the European Courts and members of the Class 46 Blog, among many others, quite busy (see, for instance, here, here and here).

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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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