Issue 087
  March 2018
Contents:
 

Teams provide update on work at Spring Meeting

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Joint Statement on Brexit

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Hague Agreement seminar in Copenhagen

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Latest news from the MARQUES ACPT Team

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News from Alicante

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WIPO shares 2017 statistics

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No more faxes at Madrid Registry

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Hague System updates

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Beijing AIC targets trade mark infringement

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Upcoming events

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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Teams provide update on work at Spring Meeting

 

More than 150 people attended the annual Spring Team Meeting, held this year at the Gran Hotel Miramar in Malaga, Spain from 8 to 9 March

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Joint Statement on Brexit

 

 

MARQUES – along with AIM, APRAM, BMM, CITMA, ECTA and INTA – has sent a Joint Statement to the EU Commission’s Brexit team regarding the negotiations concerning the exit of the UK particularly with regard to trade marks and designs

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Hague Agreement seminar in Copenhagen

 

 

The latest in the MARQUES series of events “Mastering the Hague Agreement”, organised in collaboration with WIPO, was presented in Copenhagen on 15 March

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Latest news from the MARQUES ACPT Team

 

Petra Herkul of DSM became chair of the MARQUES Anti-Counterfeiting and Parallel Trade Team in March, succeeding Diana Versteeg of AkzoNobel. She spoke to HouseMARQUES about the Team’s current activities and plans, in particular its engagement with the EU Observatory

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News from Alicante

 

MARQUES members may be interested in these updates from EUIPO in Alicante

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WIPO shares 2017 statistics

 

 

 

 

According to information published by WIPO on 21 March, there were 56,200 trade mark applications via the Madrid System last year, an increase of 5% on 2016. The Organization has also published details of UDRP cases heard during 2017

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No more faxes at Madrid Registry

 

Hague System updates

Effective from 1 April, the Madrid Registry will no longer process documents and requests received by fax

 

The UK is joining the Hague System. Plus: get an access code for e-filing

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The United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification for the Hague Agreement (Geneva Act) on 13 March. The Agreement comes into effect for the UK on 13 June this year.

UK designers already have access to the Hague System through the EU’s membership but the UK ratification is important for those wishing to designate the UK on its own. It will also mean that the UK will continue to be part of the system after Brexit.

Read more about the ratification on WIPO’s website and in David Musker’s post on the Class 99 blog.

E-filing news

On 28 February, Information Notice No. 5/2018 relating to a New item for the provision of an access code via the WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS) in the international application was published.

As of that date, the e-filing interface and international application form DM/1 have a new item to allow the provision of an access code via DAS.

DAS is an electronic system allowing priority documents to be securely exchanged between participating Intellectual Property Offices. It may be used in situations where the Office of the first filing participates in DAS as a “depositing Office”, with respect to priority documents for industrial design applications and, or where the Office of a designated Contracting Party participates in DAS as an “accessing Office”, with respect to priority documents for industrial design applications.

Beijing AIC targets trade mark infringement

According to China Industry & Commerce News, in the first quarter of 2018, Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce (Beijing AIC) and its sub-AICs carried out a campaign, which lasted for one month, targeted at trade mark infringement. Teresa Yuan Tian reports

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Upcoming events

 

MARQUES Media Roundup

The deadline for registration for the EUIPO Case Law Conference has been extended to 13 April. Plus: details of planned MARQUES events

 

 

The MARQUES blogs are packed with the latest news and analysis on case law, legislative developments and other news relating to trade marks and designs

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