Such was the question—and the challenge—presented by INTA member Gunther Meyer (Eversheds Brussels CVBA, Belgium) on the first slide of his presentation to a group of 20 law students from Turkey who visited INTA’s office in Brussels on February 12. The students, part of the European Law Students Association (ELSA)’s Istanbul group, visited the EU Institutions and other organizations in Brussels.
Following a brief welcome and introduction to INTA by the Association’s Europe Representative Office staff, Gunther Meyer gave a lecture introducing students to trademark law, explaining the definition and functions of a trademark, and giving examples. He gave an overview of different career options in the field, explaining a few highlights of the work done by lawyers, consultants, examiners, and judges. Mr. Meyer helped students understand some of the challenging trademark concepts at play in real decisions such as the LOUBOUTIN’s red sole case, the RUBIK’s CUBE case, and the LEGO blocks case, which generated some vivid discussion. Students also asked questions about the impact of litigation on the companies involved, the lack of specialized courts in Turkey, international IP agreements (such as the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property), patents for computer programs, and the changes that have taken place in trademark registration procedures over time as well as those changes that are likely to happen in the future. The students expressed their feeling that trademark protection is a hot topic in their country.
The students showed a great deal of enthusiasm. The discussions were a reminder of how trademark law can be complex yet at the same time fascinating. This visit was part of the long-standing cooperation between INTA and ELSA. We were happy to welcome the students, and we hope that we inspired them in pursuing a career in trademark law in the future!
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