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Conference on copyright law in Europe

Class 99 readers may be interested in a conference on “EU Copyright Law: State of Play and Future Directions” which takes place on 26 May.

The conference is organised by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Market Law at Stockholm University. Speakers will include the authors of The Routledge Handbook of EU Copyright Law, edited by Eleonora Rosati.

Topics will include:

  • Copyright and related rights: when does and should protection arise?
  • The scope of exclusive rights and liability for the doing of unauthorized acts
  • The state of copyright exceptions and limitations
  • Copyright enforcement: the technological and cross-border dimensions
  • The law and policy of EU harmonization and the role of the CJEU

Attendance is free, but registration is required. If you are interested in this event, please see more information, including the conference programme, and register here.

MARQUES thanks the IPKat blog for bringing this event to our attention, and commends it to any readers interesting in copyright developments in Europe.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 15.07
Tags: copyright, EU, Eleonora Rosati,
Perm-A-Link: https://www.marques.org/blogs/class99?XID=BHA919

Design developments at WIPO

WIPO has published data on the Hague System in 2020, and launched new interfaces for the Hague System website.

2020 in numbers

Demand for international designs fell by 15% to 18,580 in 2020, the first decline since 2006.

Germany was the largest user of the system, with 3,666 designs, followed by the US with 2,211 and Switzerland with 1,944. The US recorded the biggest growth in the year (62.7%).

For the fourth year in a row, Samsung Electronics was the top-ranked filer, with 859 published applications. Procter & Gamble was second (623) followed by Fonkel Meubelmarketing (516).

Designs related to transport accounted for the largest share of the total (10.1%) followed by recording and communication equipment (8.8%) and packages and containers (8.4%).

It was notable that designs for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products grew by 42.6% in 2020.

You can read WIPO’s announcement on patent, trade mark, design and UDRP trends in 2020 on its website here.

Hague System website

WIPO has launched a set of new web interfaces providing information on the Hague System and the filing, renewal, management and search procedures. These include:

  • Enhanced Hague System home page, including updated Resources section
  • How the Hague System works
  • Filing applications and renewing registrations
  • Managing registrations
  • Searching protected designs

WIPO says further content will be added during the year.

Find out more about the new interfaces on WIPO’s website here.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 14.30
Tags: Hague System, Samsung, data,
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Third IP Mediation Conference

The EUIPO Boards of Appeal, together with the EUIPO Academy and the International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department, are organising the third IP Mediation Conference on 22 and 23 March 2021.

The conference will take place virtually. Registration is open until 15 March and costs €150.

Speakers will include representatives of national and international institutions, private practice, accreditation providers, academia and EUIPO.

The conference draws on a growing trend in mediation as a dispute resolution method connected to intellectual property.

It will feature panel discussions, audience interaction and real-world examples, and will explore mediation policies in the EU and beyond.

Topics covered will include mediation and arbitration; mediation and other ADR services; mediation and e-commerce; the Singapore Convention; and SME IP rights holders dispute resolution.

Find out more and register on EUIPO’s website here.

MARQUES hopes to publish a report from the conference after it has taken place.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 17.23
Tags: mediation, EUIPO, ADR, arbitration,
Perm-A-Link: https://www.marques.org/blogs/class99?XID=BHA917

UK IPO creates re-registered designs for International (EU) designs

The UK Intellectual Property Office has created a re-registered UK design for every International design (EU) registered before 1 January 2021. The new rights are necessary following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

The re-registered designs are now displayed and available to view or search on the UK register.

Designs which were protected in the UK by an international design designating the EU will continue to be protected in the UK by the re-registered UK design.

The re-registered UK right has effect from 1 January.

Where an international design designating the EU was applied for before 1 January 2021, but is not yet protected or where the publication has been deferred, the holder will have a period of nine months to apply for the same right as a UK design.

UK application fees will be payable, and the application will be subject to UK examination requirements.

More information on renewals, opt out process and numbering can be found in the IPO business guidance.


Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 14.36
Tags: Brexit, international designs, EU,
Perm-A-Link: https://www.marques.org/blogs/class99?XID=BHA916

Hague System Common Regulations 2021

WIPO has published the February 2021 edition of the Hague System’s Common Regulations. The new edition came into force on 1 February.

Readers should note that recent amendments make it mandatory to provide WIPO with an email address when filing an international application; requesting a change in ownership of an international registration; and appointing a representative.

This is in order for customers to benefit from Hague electronic communications.

Find out more and download the Regulations on WIPO’s website here.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 11.24
Tags: Hague System, Common Regulations, WIPO,
Perm-A-Link: https://www.marques.org/blogs/class99?XID=BHA915

WIPO launches eHague gateway

WIPO has published a new online gateway to provide centralised access to online services for filing international design applications and renewing registrations.

The eHague gateway can be found here. It can also be accessed from the Hague System homepage and the WIPO IP Portal.

It is the beginning of a project to modernise and streamline online services and enhance the customer experience. Planned eHague services include: manage your portfolio directly; receive electronic alerts; initiate actions; and view and search notifications.  

Individual links to eRenewal will soon be removed from the Hague homepage and the IP Portal menu.

Read more about the changes on WIPO’s website here.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 17.19
Tags: Hague, eHague, eRenewal,
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MARQUES, ECTA and INTA submit comments on designs review

MARQUES, together with ECTA and INTA, has submitted joint comments on the European Commission's Inception Impact Assessment on the review of the Design Directive and Community Design Regulation.

The joint comments can be downloaded and read in full on the Position Papers page on the MARQUES website and there is a summary in the January 2021 issue of the HouseMARQUES newsletter.

The three associations strongly welcome the Commission's intention to revise the EU legislation on design protection, and agree that there are some shortcomings that need to be addressed.

The comments support the objective of modernising, clarifying and strengthening design protection, but say that amendments to definitions of essential notions such as "design" and to the wording of what can be protected and relating to the scope of protection should be cautiously chosen.

In particular, a clarification that GUIs, animated designs, fonts and icons are not "computer programs" and are therefore eligible for design protection would be welcomed. Changes to address properly and fight design-infringing goods in transit are supported.

Thanks to members of the Designs Team for their work on this paper. The Team will continue to keep MARQUES members updated as the review progresses.

Copyright Directive tracker

The latest issue of HouseMARQUES also includes an article about the Copyright Directive tracker, developed by members of the Copyright Team.

The tracker is available on a dedicated page on the MARQUES website (log-in required) and will be regularly updated.

It provides details about the status, date and additional information relating to the implementation of the 2019 Copyright Directive.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 13.47
Tags: designs review, INTA, ECTA, Copyright Directive,
Perm-A-Link: https://www.marques.org/blogs/class99?XID=BHA913

MARQUES does not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this blog. The views are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of MARQUES. Seek professional advice before action on any information included here.

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