Issue 019
  May 2012

Plain packaging


MARQUES @ IP events


New OHIM search tool


OAMI Users Group meeting


CTM opposition changes


TMView & EuroClass


Madrid System improvements


EC developments


IPR Helpdesk


Shanghai seminar


Olympics Ambush marketing


Webinar on social media


Upcoming MARQUES events

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Joint Statement on plain packaging
MARQUES and other IP organisations issued a joint statement on April 23 objecting to the adoption of generic or plain packaging.

MARQUES at IP events
MARQUES has been represented at numerous meetings and conferences in the past month. These include:

OHIM news
New search tool


Users Group meeting

OHIM has launched a new tool for preparing Community search reports, called Search9. It is effective since April 10.

The program has been custom made for OHIM and supports the Vienna classification and national search tasks.

  The 19th OAMI Users Group meeting took place in Alicante on April 17. About 20 organisations were represented and discussions covered questions raised by users in relation to Office practice, with particular emphasis on the 10th edition of the Nice Classification, suspension of Opposition proceedings and the publication of refused Community design applications.
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Opposition changes


TMView and EuroClass

OHIM has also adopted a new practice when notifying an opposition to the applicant when the opposition is based on a CTM.

Under the new practice, which became effective on April 1, OHIM will no longer send the corresponding CTM-online extract attached to the Offices’ letters but will add a link to CTM Online database.

  Finally, in a letter dated March 14 OHIM President António Campinos provided an update on TMview and EuroClass, and in particular the expansion to non-EU countries. He noted that the USPTO had recently joined EuroClass and that other countries are expected to join TMview. “They have the potential to become truly global tools,” he wrote.
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WIPO news
Madrid System improvements
WIPO is introducing new web-based communication services for the Madrid System: Madrid Electronic Alert, Madrid Real-time Status and Madrid Portfolio Manager. All will be available in May.

European Commission developments


European IPR Helpdesk

A conference on "Enforcement of intellectual property rights: the review of Directive 2004/48/EC" was held on 26 April in Brussels.

More details are here:
Disclaimer: The following link provides access to the European Commission's official website

  The European IPR Helpdesk has set up a new library page on its website.  The library gathers the IPR Helpdesk’s material as well as other relevant material.  The contents will be regularly updated.

The IPR Helpdesk can be accessed via the link below:

Speakers confirmed for Shanghai seminar
Brand Protection in China and Europe in the 21st Century
 – When West meets East to Join Forces in Brand Protection
 will be held at the Swissotel GRAND, 1 Yu Yuan Road, Shanghai 200040 on Friday, June 15 2012.

The MARQUES China Team would like to welcome you to a one-day seminar, which will cover the interesting topics of intermediary liability for trade mark protection, preliminary injunctions in IP litigation, brand protection in the age of social media and EU-related topics for Chinese brand owners.

Ambush marketing and the London 2012 Olympics
The world’s greatest sporting showcase is taking place in London this summer, when the city plays host to the Games of the 30th Olympiad.

The London Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a truly global spectacle, attracting up to 1 million additional visitors into the UK’s capital city – and a global television audience in the billions (the Beijing Games attracted some 4.7 billion viewers – 70% of the world’s population).

As well as a sporting spectacle, this is an advertiser’s and marketer’s dream; with the eyes of the world trained on one location, the temptation to give your (or your client’s) brands a boost by running promotions, campaigns, and other marketing activities which leverage off the Olympics will be hard to resist.

However, any such activity is fraught with danger, as it runs the risk of falling foul of the various measures adopted in London to curb “ambush marketing” activity – with both civil and criminal sanctions (including for individual directors) for those falling foul of the law.

Read the rest of the article on the MARQUES website here:

Listen to webinar on social media


Upcoming MARQUES events

Members of the MARQUES Cyberspace Team presented a webinar on social media issues for brand owners last month. The hour-long presentation covered various social media platforms and the recording can now be viewed on the MARQUES website.   MARQUES is hosting its first Spanish Judges Seminar and a meeting in Shanghai in June. And registration for the Annual Conference in Athens in September is now open.
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