Issue 026
  February 2013
Contents:
 

New Executive Director appointed

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MARQUES to host organisations meeting

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OHIM President on Croatia enlargement

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10 Years of the Community Design conference

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Full coverage for OHIM’s EuroClass tool

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WIPO expands Global Brand Database

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Don’t miss WIPO’s Madrid Highlights

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Report from Lisbon System Working Group

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Featured GI number 3: Salzwedeler Baumkuchen

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Evidence collection and trade mark proceedings

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MARQUES Media Roundup

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New Executive Director appointed
MARQUES is pleased to announce that it has appointed Christopher Barnard as its Executive Director. This is a new role created to meet the expanding influence of MARQUES in the IP world over the last few years.


His appointment begins on 1st March 2013 in time to meet all the members of the MARQUES Council and Teams at the MARQUES Spring Meeting in Barcelona on 7th to 8th March.

Chris Barnard originally comes from New Zealand, where he qualified and worked as a lawyer before taking a job in-house with The Coca-Cola Company. He went on to have a long and distinguished career working for The Coca-Cola Company for 32 years, covering various legal roles, including responsibility for IP matters and brand protection, and based in many locations including Auckland, Sydney, Atlanta, Tokyo and London, before becoming an independent consultant. Chris now lives and works in London.

With his extensive legal background and broad experience of working in-house, Chris is the ideal person to understand the needs and desires of MARQUES members and will be a great asset to the MARQUES team in its continuing role in the promotion and development of the interests of trade mark owners.

The next issue of HouseMARQUES will include an in-depth interview with Chris. If you have any questions for him, please email them to editor@marques.org by 8th March.

MARQUES to host organisations meeting

 

OHIM President on Croatia enlargement

On 15th March MARQUES will host the annual one-day meeting of the European Sister Organisations which besides MARQUES include: APRAM, BMM, ECTA, GRUR, ITMA and UNION.   On 12th December, the President of OHIM issued Communication No 4/12 concerning the enlargement of the European Union to Croatia.
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10 Years of the Community Design conference
2013 marks an important milestone for OHIM as it is the 10th anniversary of the filing of the first registered Community design.
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Full coverage for OHIM’s EuroClass tool
According to an OHIM press release in January, all EU national offices, including Croatia, have been integrated into the useful classification tool known as EuroClass. The Latvian IP office joined the system at the end of December 2012.
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WIPO expands Global Brand Database

 

Don’t miss WIPO’s Madrid Highlights

On 20th February, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced a major expansion of its public database of trade mark and brand information.   Madrid Highlights is a quarterly publication from WIPO, which aims to keep the Madrid system’s stakeholders up to date with the latest developments within the Madrid system and provide information on the activities of the Madrid system Sector.
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Report from Lisbon System Working Group
Miguel Angel Medina and Sébastian Vitali of the MARQUES Geographical Indications Team represented MARQUES at the 6th Session of the Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System (Geographical Indications) in Geneva from December 3rd to 7th 2012. Both Miguel Angel and Sébastian took an active part in the two main topics under discussion:

  • the relationship between the protection of appellations of origin/geographical indications and trade mark rights; and
  • how provisions of other international instruments, such as the Paris Convention or the TRIPs Agreement, should be made applicable under the Draft New Instrument.
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Featured GI number 3: Salzwedeler Baumkuchen
In this issue of GeoNews, Ortrun Günzel introduces one of her favourite geographical indications: Salzwedeler Baumkuchen, a savoury cake from Germany.
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Evidence collection and trade mark proceedings

 

MARQUES Media Round-up

A workshop at the MARQUES Annual Meeting last year showed that evidence in trade mark proceedings is a hot button issue. Now the Brands and Marketing Team has produced an online checklist to help. Shelagh Carnegie reports.  

Catch up on the news and discussions from the MARQUES website and social media channels.

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