Issue 118
  October 2020
Contents:
 

MARQUES Corporate Meetings in 2021

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Madrid Working Group meeting

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UKIPO updates Brexit guidance

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Survey on counterfeit labels and packaging materials

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Report on IP right bundles

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User Group Meeting at EUIPO

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WIPO publishes Creative Economy Notes

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Consultation on protection and enforcement of IP rights

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CJEU case update

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Madrid Protocol tips in Canada

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Coming soon from MARQUES

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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Disclaimer:
The views expressed by contributors to this newsletter are their own and do not necessarily reflect the policy and/or opinions of MARQUES and/or its membership.  Information is published only as a guide and not as a comprehensive authority on any of the subjects covered.  While every effort has been made to ensure the information given is accurate and not misleading neither MARQUES nor the contributors can accept any responsibility for any loss or liability perceived to have arisen from the use or application of any such information or for errors and omissions.  Readers are strongly advised to follow up articles of interest with quoted sources and specialist advisors.
 

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MARQUES Corporate Meetings in 2021

MARQUES is planning to host four dedicated sessions for corporate members next year. These are by invitation only, and full details will be sent out to corporate members soon.

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Madrid Working Group meeting

The MARQUES International Trademark Law and Practice Team, represented by Tove Graulund, Gavin Stenton and Jessica Le Gros, participated in the (postponed) Madrid Working Group meeting in October

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Brexit guidance updated

Roland Mallinson, Chair of the MARQUES Brexit Task Force, has a round up of the latest UK and EUIPO publications relating to the impact of Brexit on trade marks and designs.

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Observatory publishes survey and discussion paper

The EUIPO Observatory, in collaboration with the Council of the European Union's Customs Cooperation Working Party and Europol, has conducted a survey on cases of counterfeit labels and packaging materials. The Observatory has also published a discussion paper on IP infringement and enforcement

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Report on IP right bundles

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has published a new study on firms' simultaneous use of patents, trade marks and registered designs to protect their innovation.

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User Group Meeting at EUIPO   WIPO publishes Creative Economy Notes

MARQUES took part in the 29th User Group Meeting hosted by EUIPO in two sessions on 14 and 28 October

 

Batman, Dracula and Spiderman are the top three most-used franchise characters from movies and video games in the world's biggest media market over the past four decades, according to the first instalment of a new series of "Creative Economy Notes"

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The new publication was unveiled by WIPO Director General Daren Tang in a virtual event for the Frankfurt Book Fair on 14 October.

The note entitled: "Batman forever? Do overlapping trademark and copyright frameworks affect the franchising of comic characters?" looked at the usage of comic and other characters in US-based cinema and gaming between 1980 and 2019.

It explores how character owners may register their characters as trade marks in addition to protecting them under the copyright framework and what this means in economic and policy terms.

All told, these three franchise characters have together generated some $5.89 billion in revenue over the period, WIPO's research shows.

"Comic and other franchise characters like Batman have entertained generations of children and adults alike and are a great example of how intellectual property systems help ensure these characters can adapt and remain popular even as technologies and platforms evolve," said Director General Tang.

"I'm really pleased to be able to launch our new 'Creative Economy Notes' series at the Frankfurt Book Fair, a valued WIPO partner that gathers together the world's publishing and creative-industry sectors to celebrate the creativity that brings people together."

According to the publication, Batman had 157 franchise appearances, Dracula had 108 and Spider Man 94.

Read more in WIPO's announcement here.

Consultation on protection and enforcement of IP rights

The MARQUES Anti-Counterfeiting and Parallel Trade Team reports on the latest survey on IPR protection and enforcement in third countries launched by the European Commission

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CJEU case update

The Court of Justice of the EU has given judgments in three cases concerning colour combinations, whether the sale of spare parts and services constitutes genuine use of a mark, and the application to register the MESSI trade mark

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Madrid Protocol tips in Canada

Shannon Young and Sanjukta Tole discuss developments regarding the Madrid Protocol in a new post for the Class 46 blog

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Coming soon from MARQUES   MARQUES Media Roundup

MARUES is planning to launch new educational and networking resources for members in the next few months

 

Do you read the MARQUES blogs? Would you like to contribute to them to share news about trade mark and design developments with other MARQUES members?

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