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.
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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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Recent posts on Class 46:
Lusophone Trade Mark: First the CTM, then the SES and now the LTM?
General Court: KMIX v. BAMIX
France gets its teeth into Gruyère -- but has to share it

Latest discussions on the MARQUES LinkedIn page:
Proposed changes to CTM regime: a peep at the draft
Pharmaceutical packaging in France: can you help?
Has any fellow group member recently (after 10 October 2012) filed for a TM in Greece?

Some tweets on twitter:
Sports -- who is more passionate, the sportsmen themselves or the brand and marketing people behind them? http://tinyurl.com/aeqbhpk

Whoever said trade mark law isn't sexy? Birgit posts some racy news on the German litigation over HEADF*CK http://tinyurl.com/agr68ae

The EU's latest GI isn't Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious -- but it's not much shorter: http://tinyurl.com/bpfpgvx

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