Issue 85
  January 2018

Scammers jailed


Scandalous marks


Spring Team Meeting


New study on GIs


IP Key China


News from EUIPO


Field Notes: Play-Doh


New GI/TSG emblem in Turkey


TM changes in Argentina


Hague Workshop and Social Media Webinar


Hague Agreement developments


Media Roundup

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Scammers jailed over misleading invoices

Fraudsters in Sweden have been sentenced to prison for their role in sending misleading invoices to EUTM owners using the letterhead “OMIH”, in a case in which MARQUES gave evidence.


Scandalous marks: a global guide

In connection with the well-received presentation at last year's Annual Conference, the MARQUES IP Emerging Issues Team has compiled a table showing rules on immoral and scandalous marks in 39 countries. Kate Swaine and Laetitia Lagarde introduce it.


Book now for Spring Team Meeting

The 16th MARQUES Annual Team Meetings will take place on 8 and 9 March 2018 in the Gran Hotel Miramar, Paseo de Reding, 22, 29016 Málaga, Spain. Booking is now open for Team and Council members.


New study on GIs


IP Key China project to support EU firms in China

A study on the ‘Protection and Control of Geographical Indications for Agricultural Products in the EU Member States’ was published by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights in December.


IP Key China, launched on 17 January, aims to strengthen and support the IP system in China through specialised collaboration with the EU.

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Latest news from EUIPO

Recent announcements from EUIPO include the launch of the User Satisfaction Survey, cooperation initiatives, JPO records being added to DesignView and new seminars and webinars.

User satisfaction survey

From 15 January, all users who interacted with the Office in 2017 will have the opportunity to share their opinion on EUIPO services through the user satisfaction survey. By gathering users feedback, the Office will be able to better understand users’ needs and expectations and thus to improve their experience of EUIPO services.

The user satisfaction survey is sent via e-mail to the users of EUIPO’s services. More information is available here.

MARQUES encourages all members who have used the Office’s services in the past year to fill in the survey.

Cooperation projects

Between 30 November and 5 December 2017 EUIPO hosted the 2017 TM5 and ID5 Annual Meetings, where some 25 cooperation projects were discussed. Users associations, including MARQUES, took part in the meetings and workshops. The results of the meetings are available on the “International cooperation” section of EUIPO’s website.

In addition, four regional workshops took place in Latin America and the Caribbean in November and December, focusing on extending the benefits of the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN). Thirty-two non-EU IP offices and three Secretariats were invited to participate in the regional workshops.

JPO data available on DesignView

Design data from Japan is available on Designview as of 4 December 2017. The Japan Patent Office (JPO) is the 62nd office to participate in the design search tool.

The addition of the JPO adds more than 525,000 designs, meaning there are over 13 million designs in total available on Designview.

Since Designview was introduced, there have been more than 3.1 million searches from 159 countries. Among the most frequent users are those in Germany, the UK and Spain.

Read more on the Class 99 blog.

Upcoming events

The EUIPO Academy’s Tuesday webinar series continues with the following scheduled for February 2018:

  • Recent case law on designs (February 6)
  • Request for confidentiality and the right of defence (February 13)
  • New functionalities of the EDB for enforcers: alerts, suspicious cases, extensions of AFA (February 13)
  • Article 6ter of the Paris Convention (February 20)
  • Voluntary Cooperation Practices (February 27)

Find out more and join the webinars here.

Other events coming up at EUIPO in 2018 include:

  • IP Seminar on Absolute Grounds for Refusal (12 to 14 March)
  • 19th LM on Trade Marks (17 to 19 April)
  • IP Course for Paralegals (18 to 20 April)
  • Case Law Conference (7 to 8 May) - register here

European Public Services Awards 2017

Congratulations to the Cooperation Fund, which received the European Public Service Award 2017 in the National and European Category. The Cooperation Fund was a joint endeavour between EUIPO and the EU national and regional IP offices to deliver a suite of electronic services and tools to improve IP management.

Field Notes from the Outer Borders: Play-Doh applies for rare smell mark in US

In the latest in its series of Field Notes concerning unusual trade marks, Janet Satterthwaite of the IP Emerging Issues Team looks at Hasbro’s attempt to register the distinctive smell of a can of Play-Doh as a trade mark.


New GI/TSG emblem in Turkey


Big trade mark changes proposed in Argentina

Özlem Fütman of the MARQUES GI Team explains the new rules on labelling traditional specialities guaranteed and geographical indications in Turkey.


Emergency Decree No 27/2018 includes substantial amendments to the Trademark Law designed to shorten prosecution and simplify opposition, cancellation for non-use and nullity procedures. Marco Rizzo Jurado explains.

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Coming soon: Hague Workshop and Social Media/Marketplaces Webinar

MARQUES will host the next in its series of Hague Agreement workshops in Copenhagen on 15 March, and there will be a webinar on protecting IP rights in social media and online marketplaces on 29 March.


Latest Hague Agreement developments


MARQUES Media Roundup

WIPO has published information regarding the Hague Agreement’s application in Russia and Spain.


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