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MARQUES conference: modesty forbids ...

The pleasant task of Class 46 (after coffee, which was itself a pleasure) was to listen to Hanne Weywardt (MAQS Law Firm) guide MARQUES conference participants through the features on the new website -- which you can check out here. These features include Class 46 itself. This weblog has now been formally adopted by MARQUES and a rather smart version of the page that still appears on http://class46.eu/ can be found by clicking here. There is still a little work to be done on the MARQUES version, but it's pretty functional already. The Class 46 team says "thanks" to MARQUES -- and to Hanne and the members of the organisation's Publication and Website Team, which she chairs -- for their patience and their efforts over the past two years in seeing this project from its earliest infancy to its recent coming of age. I'd like to add personal "thank you" to the members of the Class 46 team past and present for their help, support and congenial company.

Stop press: if you're in Brighton while you're reading this, please note: from around 4.15pm today, various members of the Class 46 team will be meeting in the Metropole Bar, on the entrance to the Hilton Metropole Hotel, to have an informal drink and a chat with anyone who'd like to say hello. Please feel free to join us!

The conference continued with the annual WIPO session, chaired by Jochen Hohfeld (Klunker Schmidtt-Nilson Hirsch). In this session Ernesto Rubbio (WIPO Assistant DG) and Grégoire Bisson (WIPO Deputy Director and Head, International Registrations Division) spoke of the latest additions and improvements to the Madrid System for international registration, as well as some welcome improvements in communications between the International Bureau and those awaiting the fate of their applications.

Norway's proposal to eliminate the "basic mark" requirement was reviewed. This would require international treaty reform and is currently under review by the relevant WIPO Working Group. Ernesto mentioned the issue of what would happen if the core concept of "central attack" were removed and whether it would be necessary to introduce fresh balances to replace it. Developments in electronic filing were reviewed, and the Madrid Portfolio Manager and Madrid g&s database were explained. Good news was the fact that the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks has now exceeded its quorum of 10 states, with 15 countries already signed up for it. Future work for WIPO, via the Standing Committee, deal with the registration of certification and collective marks, as well as the use and effects of letters of consent.

Grégoire then spoke about international design registration and the (dis)similarities of the Madrid and Hague systems. Giving some statistics and with some very pretty coloured PowerPoints, he demonstrated the distribution of countries between the London, Hague and Geneva Acts, pointing to the fact that 10 nations have signed up for the Geneva Act in the past year. Grégoire urged users to create a critical mass of Hague filings in order to make it worthwhile devoting resources to the improvement of the system.

Ernesto finally returned to the podium, addressing the Lisbon Agreement for the protection of appellations of origin and international registration. Though Lisbon has only 26 members, they are well spread around the world and there is some momentum towards its growth, some five countries having joined in the past year. This has prompted initiatives to see how it can be made more attractive for users.

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