1.1 Trade Marks

Twentieth anniversary of the Community trade marks system, Plain packaging for cigarettes - New Zealand, Plain packaging for cigarettes - Ireland & UK

1.2 Anti-Counterfeiting

EU-Turkey dialogue on intellectual property rights, New companies join the fight against illegal online sale of counterfeit goods

1.3 Domain Names

The “.wine” and “.vine” dispute, 175 top-level domains have been delegated

1.4 Indications of Origin

Mandatory origin marking for consumer goods

2.1 OHIM

OHIM website, Design experts from the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) and OHIM meet at OHIM, The trade mark office of China joins TMclass, Upcoming OHIM events

2.2 National OfficeS

France and Romania join DesignView


3.1 General Court T-381/12 PALMA MULATA Valid use of a verbal trade mark in a different form
T-291/12 Passion to Perform The trade mark is devoid of any distinctive character T-102/11, T-369/12, T-370/12 and T-371/12 IP ZONE, EUROPEAN IP ZONE, IP ZONE EUROPE, EUROPE IP ZONE The trade marks are descriptive T-430/12 (fig) vs. European Network Rapid Manufacturing (fig) Imitation of the European Emblem T-47/12 EQUINET vs. EQUITER (fig) Failure to state reasons T-554 JAVA vs. AAVA MOBILE The trade marks are different
3.2 European Court of Justice C 530/12P National Lottery Commission (fig) Application of national law – Right to be heard
3.3 National Court Belgian Court invalidates Louboutin red sole trade mark




ECTA, the European Communities Trade Mark Association, was formed in 1980.

ECTA numbers approximately 1.400 members, coming from all the Member States of the European Union with associate members from all over the world. It brings together persons practising professionally in the Member States of the European Community in the field of trade marks, designs and related IP matters. These professionals are lawyers, trade mark advisors, trade mark attorneys, in-house counsel and others who can be considered specialist practitioners in these areas.

ECTA’s secretariat is located at Rue des Colonies 18/24, 1000 Brussels (tel: +32 2 513 5285).


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