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Re-live the DesignEuropa Talks

EUIPO has published a short video showing the highlights of the DesignEuropa Talks, which were held in Alicante last month.

It can be viewed on the EUIPO website here. The full seven-hour stream of the event can also be viewed on the EUIPO YouTube channel.

The Office states: “The event celebrated design through a series of informative panel discussions led by distinguished experts on a wide range of subjects. Speakers included participants from the DesignEuropa community, previous winners, finalists, jury members and others. Topics discussed included the present and future of design, how it powers our economy and impacts society.”

The talks covered topics including the changing vision of design, the need to increase awareness of IP, design education and IP protection, challenges and opportunities in the design industry, the New European Bauhaus initiative, the impact of design on the value of your business and inspiring success stories.

2023 DesignEuropa Awards

Applications for next year’s DesignEuropa Awards are also now open until 10 March 2023.

You can apply or nominate a candidate in the three categories (Industry, Small and Emerging Companies and Lifetime Achievement) on the dedicated page on the EUIPO website here.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony in autumn 2023.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 09.36
Tags: DesignEuropa, EUIPO, Bauhaus,
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WIPO webinar on IP and Women Entrepreneurs

Class 99 readers may be interested in a webinar hosted by WIPO on Thursday 27 October at 15.00 (Geneva time).

The title is IP and Women Entrepreneurs and the goal is to empower, support, mentor and build capacities for women around IP while highlighting the increasing contribution of woman innovators.

The webinar will be in English with interpretation into French and Spanish. It will be followed by a series of support activities offered to registered participants.

The speakers comprise a mix of WIPO officials and distinguished women entrepreneurs from companies such as Sumee Ltd, Minicool TrendBook, Eco Wave Power Ltd and SISVEL Group.

WIPO says the event will cover topics including:

  • Why IP is important to women entrepreneurs and how it is beneficial for their creations and innovations
  • Supporting female performers on the screen: experiences and challenges
  • Initiatives for SMEs: scale-up your IP with the IP Diagnostics tool
  • Protecting your trade marks, industrial designs and geographical indications internationally with the Hague, Madrid and Lisbon systems
  • Protecting your inventions internationally with the Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Resolving IP and technology disputes through WIPO Mediation and Arbitration

Registration is free of charge. You can find out more about the programme on WIPO’s website here and register to take part here.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 16.29
Tags: WIPO, women entrepreneurs, webinar,
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Alicante News focuses on designs!

The latest issue of EUIPO’s Alicante News newsletter concentrates on news and information regarding registered Community designs.

The issue includes an article by Professor Eleonora Rosati on famous protected designs, the case law that shaped the system and the challenges ahead for design law. The article looks at designs including the Lady Dior handbag, Bratz dolls and Apple’s Game Center icon.

There is also a practice tip for design applications intended to be used in the metaverse and the latest webinars on topics such as how to use DesignClass.

Alicante News is published monthly by EUIPO and the October issue can be accessed for free here (PDF download).

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 11.44
Tags: Alicante News, EUIPO, RCD,
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Copyright Directive now implemented in most countries - MARQUES Copyright Tracker

Most EU member states missed the Copyright Directive implementation deadline, but more than one year after the Directive was due for implementation, a majority of member states have adopted it and all of the remaining member states have made progress.

The European Copyright Directive (Directive EU 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market) was highly discussed from the beginning. Even before the final text was adopted, at the Paris Meeting in September 2018 Franz Gernhardt and Christian Schumacher from the MARQUES Copyright Team informed the audience what to expect on two important aspects:

One is the liability of internet service providers regulated in Article 17 of the Directive, which calls for member states to ensure that online-content sharing service providers are able to review of the content that users wish to upload to their platforms, provided that those service providers have obtained the respective authorisation from rightsholders. The other is the provisions regulating fair remuneration in contracts of authors and performers, such as providing for additional remuneration in case a work turns out to be a specific economic success.

Also because of the peculiarities of these provisions, covering very different practical situations where different circumstances should be considered, in many EU member states the implementation process lead to extensive discussions. It was therefore not surprising that EU member states struggled to meet the implementation deadline of 7 June 2021. But nevertheless the situation was exceptional when in June 2021 only a small number of member states had complied with implementation. Slowly, further member states followed and only now one can state that most member states have implemented or the process of implementation is very advanced.

The MARQUES Copyright Team has been monitoring implementation and providing the public with the MARQUES Copyright Tracker, showing the implementation status. This Tracker was updated in time for the MARQUES Annual Conference last week.

The Copyright Team, with Franz Gernhardt and Christian Schumacher responsible for the Copyright Tracker, thanks all those who have contributed information.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 14.52
Tags: Copyright, Directive, ,
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Translation tips for DesignClass

The latest issue of the Alicante News newsletter includes an article on how to use the ‘Translate term’ option in DesignClass (see page 10 here).

Tips include selecting the language you want to work in from the 30 languages available, and clicking on the ‘Translate term’ tab to choose the languages to translate from and into.

It is not mandatory to include the Locarno class number, but if you know it then you can select it to narrow down the results.

Results an be saved, exported or used directly when applying to register a RCD.

EUIPO has posted an interactive tutorial with more information on entering words and phrases, finding terms and translating them. You can see it here: click on one of the three boxes to start the tutorial.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 09.43
Tags: DesignClass, EUIPO, Locarno,
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EUIPO Academy webinars, September 2022

The regular Tuesday webinars hosted on the EUIPO Academy Learning Portal recommence this month.

Anyone can join the webinars live via the Portal, and they are also archived.

This month’s webinars are:

  • How to use DesignClass: a key advantage when applying for design protection (6 September, intermediate)
  • Trade marks and designs in the metaverse: legal aspects/EUIPO practice (13 September, intermediate)
  • Disclosure of earlier designs in RCD invalidity proceedings (Article 7 CDR) (20 September, intermediate)
  • Conveying meaning – options and limits for protecting new forms of marks in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute (27 September, intermediate)

All these webinars start at 10.00 am Alicante time and are held in English. They last one hour each.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 10.47
Tags: EUIPO, Academy, webinar, DesignClass,
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Find out more about the e-Hague digital gateway

Class 99 readers who manage international design applications and registrations may know about WIPO’s eHague digital gateway for international design protection.

One of the features of eHague enables you to view and download selected documents related to applications and self-services such as management of representatives.

This means you do can simply log in to eHague, rather than having to look through old messages or check deadlines.

Documents that can be downloaded include acknowledgements of receipt for applications and self-service requests, observations, irregularity notifications and certificates of registration.

To help find the documents you are looking for, transactions in the workbench can be filtered by request type, processing status, date of submission or reference number.

More information on this feature is on WIPO’s website.

During the 36th MARQUES Annual Conference next month, there will be a workshop on “International Design filings done right” featuring Marie Paule Rizo, Head, Policy and Legislative Advice Section, Department for Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications and Jonah Asher, Coordinator, Hague Infoline Unit, Hague Development and Promotion Section, WIPO. They will discuss topics including current and planned features of eHague.

If you are attending the Annual Conference and work on designs, do consider signing up for this workshop, which will be run twice on the afternoon of Thursday 22 September.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 09.51
Tags: eHague, WIPO, Annual Conference,
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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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