Events Diary
The theme of the MARQUES 30th Annual Conference is BRANDS versus TRADEMARKS - TRADEMARKS versus BRANDS. Many of the sessions will address different aspects of this question, focusing on the legal issues and challenges of brands vs trademarks.  The conference will include discussions on issues such as litigating in Europe, Geographical Indications, as well as updates on EUIPO, WIPO and European CEU Case Law.
Discover Villaitana
Located 20 minutes from Alicante, Meliá Villaitana was designed to simulate a Mediterranean village. It is located between two golf courses designed by Nicklaus Design and has fantastic views of the Gran Bahía on the Costa Blanca. Its 25 individual buildings and unique architectural style reproduce the region’s picturesque squares and historical streets.

Alicante itself is a city and port on the Costa Blanca, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 332,067, estimated as of 2014, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation had 452,462 residents. The population of the metropolitan area (including Elche and satellite towns) was 757,085 as of 2014 estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.

We have secured accommodation in The Melia Villaitana and the Asia Gardens Hotel which is a short distance away (1.5km). Accommodation at the conference hotel (The Melia Villaitana) will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis.

Subject to availability, special rates have been negotiated for delegates wishing to extend their stay either before or after the Conference. Rates quoted are inclusive of breakfast.

We are able to offer those delegates who choose to source their own accommodation or those who live
locally, modular participation in both the conference seminars and the social activities.

We have organised an exciting social programme and attendance at these functions is restricted to registered
delegates and registered partners only. Unfortunately we are unable to offer registrations for social functions only.

Tuesday 20th September
There will be an informal Welcome Reception at The Melia Villaitana where we will be able to enjoy a Spanish themed welcome!
Dress Code: Smart/Casual/Comfortable
(Gentlemen are not required to wear suits or ties)

Wednesday 21st September
Enjoy a warm Spanish evening in more ways than one as we relax poolside at the The Melia Villaitana where we will be wined, dined and entertained at a typical style Spanish BBQ.
Dress Code: Smart/Casual/Comfortable
(Gentlemen are not required to wear suits or ties)

Thursday 22nd September
There will be a Drinks Reception followed by a Gala Dinner and After Dinner Party at the The Melia Villaitana, where we are able to dance until the early hours with our favourite party band, MADHEN!.
Dress Code: Black Tie/Tuxedo/Formal

MARQUES is an authorised course provider under the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD Scheme
(Ref: BKD/MARQ) and this Conference qualifies for up
to 12 hours credit.

The UK Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) will award 12 ITMA CPD points to the full conference programme and delegates who attend the Thursday workshops can be accredited with a further 2 ITMA CPD points.

For other jurisdictions Certificates of Attendance for Delegates, indicating the number of hours of educational content, can be issued on request to the MARQUES Secretariat. For those jurisdictions which require it, provisions will be made for registration of attendance at individual sessions.

Members of MARQUES are offered an 'Early Bird Discount' for registration for full residential or non-residential packages booked by Friday 1st July 2016.

Please note that early registration is strongly recommended and that the latest possible date for receipt of registrations AND payment of fees is
FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER. Unfortunately MARQUES are unable to guarantee acceptance of your registration after this date.

Registrations after FRIDAY 19th AUGUST will only be accepted if payment is made by credit card at the time of registration.