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POSITION PAPERS
We regularly comment on and make submissions to a wide range of organisations, you can view our official position on a range of issues below.
2017
17 November 2017
MARQUES' Position paper on BREXIT
2016
3 June 2016
MARQUES' Proposals for Improvements to the Madrid System
26 April 2016
Joint Statement: Concerns with Proposed Guidelines on Counterfeit Goods in Transit
23 March 2016
MARQUES' comments in response to the public consultation on the first suite of 5 new European Cooperation projects
18 March 2016
MARQUES' comments concerning the Public Consultation on EU IPO Stategic Plan 2020
24 February 2016
MARQUES' Position of the Proposal regarding the Development of the EU Judicial System in the Trade Mark Cases
22 January 2016
WP Legal Reform Draft Guidelines PART E and PART M
22 January 2016
WP Legal Reform Draft Guidelines PART C Opposition Sections 5 and 6
22 January 2016
WP Legal Reform Draft Guidelines PART A and PART B
22 January 2016
WP Legal Reform Draft Guidelines Absolute and Relative Grounds Based on Geographical Indications
4 Janaury 2016
MARQUES' comments on Article 28 (8) draft Presidential Communication Part 2
4 Janaury 2016
MARQUES' comments on Article 28 (8) draft Presidential Communication Part 1
2015
31 December 2015
MARQUES letter to the Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks
30 December 2015
MARQUES' comments to the Hague Working Group on proposed Draft Guidelines for users
29 September 2015
MARQUES' position paper on the dependency principle issues and the basic mark requirement October 2015
1 September 2015
MARQUES Feedback Form on Invalidity Guidelines
28 August 2015
MARQUES’ comments on CP6 – Convergence on graphic representations of designs
31 July 2015
MARQUES Proposals for New Convergence Projects
31 July 2015
MARQUES' comments on OHIM’s question on scope of protection of trade marks consisting of single letters in inter partes cases
18 June 2015
MARQUES' responses to OHIM’s questions on registration and examination of International non-proprietary names (INNs)
26 May 2015
MARQUES' Comments WP 2 2015 Designs
25 May 2015
MARQUES' comments on the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs' Draft Report of 21th April 2015 on a possible extension of European Union geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products
24 April 2015
MARQUES' Comments on the Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) Review Draft Report
23 April 2015
Submission of MARQUES AC brief in WTO’s proceedings against Australia’s Bill on Plain Packaging
8 April 2015
Trade Mark and Design user Community Strongly Opposes Diversion of OHIM Funds and Calls on EU Legislators to Focus on making Trade Mark Reform a Success
10 March 2015
MARQUES position on reform and financial issues
27 February 2015
MARQUES' comments on WP 2-2015 Draft Guidelines Trade Marks
26 February 2015
MARQUES' comments on the Guiding Principles and Outline as part of the Public Consultation on OHIM Strategic Plan 2020
19 January 2015
MARQUES’ comments on the proposed new Common Practice CP3: Distinctiveness – Figurative Marks containing descriptive/non-distinctive words
2014
9 December 2014
MARQUES Comments to ICANN
1 December 2014
MARQUES Amicus Curiae comments in case Nestle v Cadbury
24 October 2014
MARQUES’ submission in reply to the Public Consultation on a possible extension of Geographical Indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products
20 October 2014
Open Joint Letter of IP and Business Organisations to the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission on the EU Trade Mark Reform
31 July 2014
MARQUES Comments to ICANN
17 July 2014
MARQUES Comments to ICANN
15 July 2014
MARQUES comments to the Convergence Programme Team (coordinated by OHIM) on the Convergence Project 6 – Graphic Representation of a Designs, along with MARQUES earlier remarks to the TM5 Partners of 26 October 2012
25 June 2014
Joint statement of MARQUES and Sister IP Associations expressing strong concerns with the Irish Government’s decision to introduce plain packaging
16 June 2014
MARQUES expresses concerns on the Irish Government’s decision to adopt plain packaging legislation
16 June 2014
MARQUES comments to the Convergence Programme Team (coordinated by OHIM) on the Principles of a proposed new common practice on Figurative marks with non-distinctive or descriptive word elements
15 April 2014
The new common practice of the scope of protection of trade marks in black and white or in greyscale as published by the Implementing IP Offices of the European Union – Overview
31 March 2014
MARQUES response to the Implementing Offices of the CP4 WG in connection with the new Common Practice on the scope of protection of trade marks in black and white or in greyscale.
28 March 2014
Joint Statement – Reflection onto the adoption of plain packaging legislations, of Sister Associations APRAM, BMM, ICC-BASCAP, ECTA, MARQUES, UNION DES FABRICANTS, UNION-IP
26 March 2014
MARQUES submission to New Zealand’s Health Committee on the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill
12 February 2014
MARQUES comments concerning the new Common Practice on the scope of protection of trade marks in black and white or in greyscale.
4 February 2014
MARQUES response to European Commission’s Public Consultation on EU Copyright Rules
15 January 2014
Executive Summary: Prepared for the WIPO-MARQUES Cooperation Meeting of January 17, 2014
14 January 2014
MARQUES’ submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children regarding pre-Legislative Scrutiny of proposed legislation for Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products
2013
4th October 2013
Objections to the Adoption of 'Plain Packaging' and Excessive Measures Restricting Normal use of Trademarks
17th September 2013
MARQUES comments to rapporteur reports
3rd September 2013
MARQUES' comments to UK Law Commission consultation on groundless threats
9th July 2013
MARQUES response to the OHIM's request for input to the Observatory's Strategic Plan
4th July 2013
Joint Press Release of MARQUES and the sister associations APRAM, BMM, ECTA and UNION on Plain Packaging
20th May 2013
EU Trade Mark Reform Proposal - MARQUES Commentary Part II (slides)
26 April 2013
MARQUES submission on European Commissions proposal for revised tobacco products directive
19 April 2013
MARQUES comments on EU Commission Proposals for Amendments to the EU Trade Mark System
19th April 2013
MARQUES Information Note on Proposed Changes to EU TM Law - REVISED
14th March 2013
MARQUES Information Note on Proposed Changes to EU TM Law
16 January 2013
MARQUES submission to the Republic of Ireland's Departement of Health Public Consultation on a proposal for an EU Directive on the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
2012
2 November 2012
MARQUES response to USPTO's request for comments Docket No. PTO-T-2012-0031
15 October 2012
MARQUES’ concerns towards the growing IP protection challenges in Europe
4 October 2012
MARQUES submission to the New Zealand Ministry of Health's Consultation on Plain Packaging of tobacco products
9 July 2012
MARQUES Submission to UK DoH Consultation on Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products
4 July 2012
MARQUES letter on the interpretation of CJEU’s judgment in Case C-307/10 IP TRANSLATOR
3 July 2012
Additional comments of the MARQUES Geographical Indications Team on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Agricultural Product Quality Schemes
21 June 2012
Important Notice on the IP TRANSLATOR case and the Communication No. 2/12 of the President of OHIM
29 May 2012
Business Views Submission on EU Goods in Transit
23 April 2012
Joint Statement on "plain" packaging
2011
20 December 2011
Comments of the MARQUES Amicus Curiae Committee to the CJEU on Case C-198/11P (Lan Airlines)
10 November 2011
MARQUES' submission on Customs Regulations
15 July 2011
MARQUES' comments on the Convergence Programme
29 June 2011
MARQUES’ Review of the Norwegian Proposal: Should the basic mark requirement be abolished in the Madrid System?
5 June 2011
MARQUES' Comments to the Study on the Overall Functioning of the European Trade mark System of the Max Planck Institute
3 June 2011
MARQUES' Submission to Australian's Public Consultation on Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products
31 March 2011
MARQUES' Response to Consultation on European Commission's report on the Enforcement of IP rights
16 February 2011
MARQUES' for OHIM Strategic Plan
2010
31 December 2010
MARQUES' submission for the IPR survey
7 December 2010
MARQUES' Submission to the Public Consultation on the possible revision of the Tobacco Products Directive 2001/37/EC
5 October 2010
Comments of MARQUES Amicus Curiae Committee made to interested parties in the matter of Application No. 2528977 for the mark "IP TRANSLATOR"
10 May 2010
Submission to European Commission on Consultations of Customs Review
27 April 2010
MARQUES' Amicus Curiae submission regarding Benelux trademark application no. 1 185 770 “OMEL”
2 April 2010
Amendment of the Lisbon Agreement for the protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration
1 April 2010
MARQUES' Position on the Issues of concern to be addressed in response to the Survey on the Lisbon System
1 April 2010
Submission to the Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Design and Geographical Indications
2 February 2010
Comments of MARQUES Amicus Curiae Team to the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office ("UKIPO")
6 January 2010
Comments of MARQUES on the President’s Proposals How to Shorten Opposition Proceedings
2009
28 January 2009
MARQUES' Statement on the Benelux IP Office ruling on genuine use of a CTM
2008
5 October 2008
MARQUES' position paper on class headings
2 June 2008
Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
2001
31st January 2001
Havana Club, expropriation and proprietary rights