1.1 Trade Marks

ECTA’s comments on trade mark presidency proposals of 18 July 2014; Plain packaging: nine EU countries object to Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposal; Publication of a list of Community trade marks courts

1.2 Anti-Counterfeiting

Communication adopted by the European Commission entitled “Towards a renewed consensus on the enforcement of intellectual Property Rights: An EU Action Plan”: ECTA’s contribution; Operation REPLICA: 1.2 million counterfeit goods and 130 million cigarettes seized in EU-led operation; IP Key: ECTA’s involvement

1.3 Domain Names

Continued growth for .eu in Q2

2 OFFICE PRACTICE
2.1 WIPO

Change in the amount of the individual fee: Iceland; Third issue of Madrid Highlights 2014 now available

2.2 OHIM

Common Communication on the Common Practice of Relative Grounds of Refusal – Likelihood of Confusion (impact of non-distinctive/weak components); Trade mark liaison meeting, 7-8 October; Communications of the President; OHIM IP Seminar on Designs

2.3 National Offices

Lithuania: The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB) has introduced a new trademarks and designs e-filing system

3 CASE LAW

C-205/13 auck GmbH & Co. KG vs Stokke A/S, Stokke Nederland BV, Peter Opsvik and Peter Opsvik A/S Interpretation of Article 3(1)(e) of Directive 2008/95/EC

T-90/13 Herdade de S. Tiago II – Sociedade Agricola (fig) vs. The Polo Lauren Company (fig)
There is a likelihood of confusion

T-267/13 BASS3TRES (fig) vs. BAUSS The trade marks are different

T-341/13 SO... ? vs. SO’BIO (fig) The trade marks are different

T-493/12 DELPRAL vs. GEPRAL There is a likelihood of confusion

T-490/12 GRAZIA (fig) vs. GRAZIA The goods and services are different – No link between the trade marks

4 ECTA NEWS

ECTA’s Round Table session: brand owners life before and after IP Translator; ECTA’s Brussels Meeting with the EU Commission; EU-Korea IP dialogue

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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).

OTHER EVENTS

  • Other ECTA events

    ECTA ROUND TABLE SESSION
    PERFECTION OR IMPERFECTION IN TRADE MARK PRACTICE IN RUSSIA

    24 October 2014, Tallinn, Estonia

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