Issue 78
  June 2017
Contents:
 

Hague Agreement workshop in Paris

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MARQUES meets with Commission to discuss Brexit

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EU-China Bilateral Agreement: publication of first 200 GIs

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Field Notes from the Outer Borders – from Colombia

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Featured GI: the cheese of good husbands

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Reports published on counterfeiting and piracy

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Third edition of Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions

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Important Madrid System updates

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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Events coming up soon

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Hague Agreement workshop in Paris

 

 

The second MARQUES-WIPO workshop on the Hague Agreement took place in Paris on 14th June, kindly hosted by MARQUES member Cabinet Plasseraud

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MARQUES meets with Commission to discuss Brexit

 

 

MARQUES and other IP associations took part in a formal meeting with the European Commission regarding IP protection post-Brexit this month

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EU-China Bilateral Agreement: publication of first 200 GIs

 

 

An agreement on the protection of geographical indications between the European Union and China has taken an important step forward - Alessandro Sciarra of the GI Team reports


On 2nd June China and the EU gave the green light to the publication of a list of 200 products with geographical indications – 100 from the EU and 100 from China – which are intended to be protected through a bilateral agreement that should be concluded by the end of 2017.

The list of the European products includes: Feta, Queso Manchego, Asiago, Parmigiano Reggiano (cheeses) and Barolo, Rioja, Cava, Chablis, Porto (wines).

The collaboration between the EU and China on the protection of GIs started in 2007 with the 10 plus 10 project, which led to the mutual recognition of 10 products with GIs from the European Union and 10 from China.

Starting from the 10 plus 10 project, in 2010 the EU and China launched the negotiation for a bilateral agreement on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications, which is now approaching its final phase.

The publication of the first 100 geographical indications from each side opens a two-month period for interested parties to submit comments to the respective EU and China authorities before the completion of the procedure for the protection of this first set of GIs from both sides, once the agreement enters into force.

In a joint communiqué, the European Commission and the government of the People's Republic of China expressed satisfaction about their productive cooperation and acknowledged that the agreement should result in reciprocal trade benefits. Both sides also reiterated that the protection of GIs under the agreement will positively influence rural development by fostering local values, culture and tradition, and help to preserve the traditional heritage of both sides.

The list of the first 100 geographical indications published from the EU is available here. The list of the first 100 geographical indications published from China is available here.

The MARQUES GI Team will continue to monitor further developments regarding this important agreement.

 

 

Alessandro Sciarra is a Trade Mark Attorney with Bird & Bird in Italy and Chair of the MARQUES GI Team

 

 

 

Field Notes from the Outer Borders – from Colombia

In the latest in its series of Field Notes concerning unusual trade marks and brands, Laetitia Lagarde of the IP Emerging Issues team looks at a Colombian gesture trade mark that encourages you to play with your food!

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Featured GI: the cheese of good husbands

 


The latest case study from the GI Team focuses on Svrljiški belmuž from Serbia – the cheese of good husbands - by Marijana Kozakijevic

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Joint OECD/EUIPO Reports on counterfeiting and piracy launched at International IP Enforcement Summit in Berlin

 

Third edition of Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions


The joint OECD/EUIPO report "Mapping the Real Routes of Trade in Fake Goods" and joint EUIPO/Europol 2017 Situation Report "Counterfeiting and Piracy in the European Union" were launched during the International IP Enforcement Summit on 22nd June

 

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has published a new edition of its overview of WIPO UDRP jurisprudence

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Important Madrid System updates

 

 

MARQUES draws members’ attention to some important updates on the Madrid System, including amendments to the Common Regulations, the new Madrid Monitor, Madrid Member Profiles Database and the launch of a webinar series

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MARQUES Media Roundup

 

Events coming up soon

Sign up for alerts from Class 46 and Class 99 for the latest trade mark and design news from around Europe - here are some recent posts

 

There is still time to sign up for the MARQUES Annual Conference in Prague in September. Plus: other events announced for later this year.

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