EPP Group Hearing on "The European Trademark System in the 21st Century"

11.1.2012 - 14:30
- 11.1.2012 - 18:00
Päivitetty viimeksi: 8.4.2014 - 17:39
Room JAN 6Q2, European Parliament, Brussels

Since the beginning of the European Community undistorted competition has been amongst the goals listed in the objectives of the EC Treaty. This requires strong and firm protection of trademarks that takes into account the interests of the trademark holders and the interests of competition, while at the same time protecting the interests of consumers. Trademarks enable owners to distinguish their product from their competitors' and therefore provide an incentive for entrepreneurs to invest in quality and to increase the variety of commodities offered.

One of the core elements in European trademark law is the principle of coexistence. The proper balance between the Community system and national trademark systems is considered vital for the coexistence and the functioning of the European trademark system. However, it remains open what proper balance in this context means. The frequency and effects of trademark litigation in Europe also remain to be investigated. The expansion of the World Wide Web has led also to an expansion in trademark infringement claims and lawsuits involving the Internet. These recent developments gave a new perspective to the existing system and the way forward should be investigated thoroughly. In the first quarter of 2012, the Commission plans to come forward with the revision of the Community trademarks legal framework to reflect the latest developments in this field in the last decade.

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Opening remarks
PANEL 1: Practical aspects of latest trademark trends. Why are trademarks important to the economy?
chaired by
Margot FRÖHLINGER, Director - Directorate Intellectual Property, DG Internal Market Services, European Commission
Fabrice CLAIREAU, Directeur des Affaires Juridiques et Internationales - INPI (National Industrial Property Institute, France)
Annick MOTTET HAUGAARD, ECTA President - ECTA (European Communities Trademark Association), partner LYDIAN (Belgian Law firm)
Questions and answers
PANEL 2: EU Trademark System review - tackling
chaired by
João NEGRÃO, Director of the International Affairs and Legal Department of the OHIM (Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market)
Prof. Christian ROHNKE, Partner - White & Case LLP (Trademark attorney)
Nunzia VARRICCHIO, Chair of Marques Council, Marques (Association of European Trade Mark Owners)
Questions and answers
PANEL 3: Trademarks and the Internet
chaired by
Tadeusz ZWIEFKA, MEP, EPP Group Coordinator in the Legal Affairs Committee
Dr Katarzyna LASOTA HELLER, MIH Group - European Regulatory Affairs
Jean BERGEVIN, Head of Unit - Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy, Directorate D - Intellectual property, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission
Valerie SONNIER, Global Intellectual Property Director - Louis Vuitton, LVMH
Karim Antonio LESINA, Executive Director, International External Affairs - AT&T EU, Caribbean, Central and Latin America
Questions and answers
Closing remarks
Tadeusz ZWIEFKA, MEP, EPP Group Coordinator in the Legal Affairs Committee

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