Issue 112
  April 2020
Contents:
 

New resources for members

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ACPT Team analyse counterfeit pharmaceuticals

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A breakthrough for GIs

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How did you mark World IP Day?

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WIPO online resources

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Latest information on scammers

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New e-learning modules

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Latest CJEU judgments

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DesignEuropa deadline extended

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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New resources for members

MARQUES is launching new educational and networking initiatives to support members in the current crisis, including webinars and a weekly Virtual Coffee Break email. The next webinar is on Brand Protection in a Time of Turmoil and is on 14 May

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ACPT Team analyse counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Members of the MARQUES Anti-Counterfeiting and Parallel Trade Team have published two articles on the issue of counterfeit pharmaceuticals

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A breakthrough for GIs

Marijana Kozakijevic of the MARQUES GI Team explains the importance of the entry into force of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications


The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications officially entered into force on 26 February 2020, three months after the accession of the EU.

The Geneva Act brings a much-discussed broadening of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, to allow for international protection of geographical indications via a single application process at WIPO. The application of the Lisbon Agreement was previously limited to appellations of origin, which have a stricter registration criterion.

Intergovernmental bodies

The Geneva Act further provides for the possibility of intergovernmental bodies to become contracting parties to the Lisbon Agreement. This will include possible joint applications in case of trans-border geographical areas, provided that an agreement is made between the adjacent contracting parties. (Might this mark an end to "neighbourly" spats as to who is the rightful owner of a geographical indication for, say, a specific type of wine, sausage, or ham? This remains to be seen!)

Stronger protection

In addition to the broader scope of application of the Lisbon Agreement, the Geneva Act provides for a stronger level of protection of geographical indications and appellations of origin, extending to their use in relation to different goods, as well as on services, if such use dilutes, impairs or takes unfair advantage of the reputation of the protected name. It also clarifies their relation with prior trade mark and other rights, which has led to a number of notable cases over the past few years.

The international registry established by the Geneva Act should facilitate the protection of geographical indications and appellations in a number of overseas jurisdictions, similarly to the existing WIPO international registries for other IP rights, such as trade marks and designs. Of course, it will be up to the offices of the relevant contracting parties to analyse the applications for compliance with their own legislation.

Last but not least, an acknowledgment: These remarkable changes in the GI landscape would not have been possible without the hard work of many at WIPO, various IP Offices and the wider IP world, including many dedicated members of the MARQUES GI team, both former and current. Thank you to all.

Marijana Kozakijevic of Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic is a member of the MARQUES GI Team. Thanks to Louise Gellman of CMS UK, also a member of the Team, for her input

How did you mark World IP Day?

 

Innovate for a Green Future was the theme of this year's World IP Day on 26 April

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WIPO online resources   Latest information on scammers, and meetings of EUIPO Anti-Scam Network and Users Group

WIPO is hosting a number of webinars that may be of interest to MARQUES members. Plus: Director General Francis Gurry has presented his annual report

 

On 29 April, Willem Leppink, who heads the MARQUES Anti-Fraud Task Force, and Alessandra Romeo, MARQUES External Relations Officer, joined the 5th Anti-Scam Network Meeting, led by EUIPO. MARQUES was also represented at the EUIPO User Group Meeting held on the same day

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New e-learning modules

The EUIPO and MARQUES have developed two new e-learning modules within the framework of the ECP3 Academy Learning Portal cooperation project

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Latest CJEU judgments

The CJEU has published rulings in the Coty v Amazon, Gomboc Kutato and Gugler France cases

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DesignEuropa deadline extended   MARQUES Media Roundup

The call for entries for the DesignEuropa Awards 2020 has been extended to 8 May

 

The MARQUES blogs include articles on recent developments in trade mark and design law, including updates from China, Turkey and Ecuador

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