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December 15, 2016 Vol. 71 No. 21 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Fostering EU-China Relations, EUIPO Engagement, and Europe Office Celebrations


The past few weeks have been quite busy for the Europe Office, culminating in a number of events in Brussels and the celebrations of the tenth Anniversary of the Europe Office.

EU-China IP Relations

In November, INTA participated in two events on EU-China IP relations, hosted by the European Commission – DG Trade in Brussels.

On November 10, an EU-China IP Business Meeting took place, where business representatives were able to exchange views directly with high-level Chinese and EU officials from various departments, agencies, and ministries. Topics included the management of caseloads at the China Trademark Office and the State Intellectual Property Office, the enforcement role of administrative IP and judicial authorities, and the rapid growth of e-commerce. Jan De Visser (Philips International B.V. - Intellectual Property and Standards, The Netherlands), member of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee—China Subcommittee, made a well-received presentation at that meeting about general counterfeiting issues in China.

On November 11, the 19th EU China IP Working Group took place, which is the formal meeting between EU and Chinese officials. The discussion focused on the state of deliverables for priority areas defined in the 2015 EU-China IP Dialogue, including trademarks (particularly bad faith issues), enforcement, online counterfeiting, and academic cooperation, among other areas.

Mr. De Visser attended both meetings and was accompanied by Hélène Nicora, Representative Officer – Europe, on the first day and by Milesh Gordhandas, Advisor, Europe Office, on the second day.

EUIPO and Observatory Meetings in Alicante and Milan

On November 15–17, Ms. Nicora attended the meetings of the Management Board and Budget Committee (MBBC) of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain.

INTA is one of the User Associations with a permanent Observer status at the EUIPO MBBC. Items on the agenda included the implementation of the new EUIPO Guidelines, the state of implementation of the EUIPO 2020 Strategic Plan, the evaluation of the EU Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights (which the EUIPO manages) and its 2017 Work Program, international cooperation, and legislative issues (including the implementation of the EU trademark reform). The activity-based budget for 2017–2021 that was presented highlighted the continuing importance of trademarks and designs by the EUIPO.

Between November 29 and December 2, the EU Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights held the meetings of its Working Groups: Legal; Enforcement; Economics and Statistics; IP in the Digital World; and Public Awareness. The meetings were held in Milan alongside the DesignEuropa Awards, which were held on November 30.  INTA was represented by Elio De Tullio (De Tullio and Partners, Italy), member of the Anticounterfeiting EU Subcommittee and Chair of INTA’s Observatory Task Force, and María González Gordon (Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Spain), member of the Trademark Office Practices Committee – EUIPO Subcommittee.

Promoting Trademark Law to Law Students

On November 21, a group of 23 law students from the Instituto de Empresa Law School in Madrid, Spain, visited INTA’s Europe Office for a lecture on basic trademark law and the work of a trademark professional. The lecture was given by Ignacio Lázaro (PETOSEVIC, Russian Federation), who explained the differences between prosecution and enforcement work and challenged students with real-life trademark application cases. It is the second time that this Spanish Law School has visited INTA. A detailed report of this visit can be found here on the INTA Blog.

Workshop on Intermediaries and Rights Holders, Conference on the Digital World, and the Europe Office Turns Ten

Finally, on November 30, INTA and ICC-BASCAP held a workshop on intermediaries and rights holders. This was followed by the Association’s two-day Digital World Conference.

At the end of day one of the Conference, a reception was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Europe Office, with interventions by INTA President Ronald Van Tuijl (JT International, Switzerland); past President Toe Su Aung (Elipe Ltd, United Kingdom); and Geert Glas (Allen & Overy LLP, Belgium) (pictured right). Christina Sleszynska, Chief Representative Officer – Europe—and head of the Europe Office since its inception ten years ago—gave a ten-minute speech (one minute per year) reminiscing about past achievements and future challenges. The reception was attended by conference registrants and by invited guests, including officials from the EU Institutions, other associations and stakeholders, from Brussels and beyond, with whom the Europe Office regularly interacts.

A detailed report of the workshop can be found here. A report of the conference will be published in the January 15 INTA Bulletin

For more information on the activities of the INTA Europe Office contact Christina Sleszynska, Chief Representative Officer – Europe (details here). To keep updated on developments follow @INTABrussels on Twitter.

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