Trademarks are a universal phenomenon and have existed for almost as long as trade itself. Identification symbols that worked as early trademarks have been found on the goods that were traded dating back to as early as 4000 years ago.
Although found in virtually every legal system around the world, trademarks are based on national law. Having a trademark in the United States, for example, does not mean you have trademark rights in Europe. But what if you have an EU Trademark? Do you still need to file nationally within Europe? When should you file nationally in Europe? What are the benefits? What are your options?
On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 12 pm ET, join Gene Quinn, patent attorney and founder of IPWatchdog.com, along with three attorneys from AWA’s offices across Europe, including Ann-Charlotte Järvinen, Partner, Attorney at Law, Head of Legal North, Milana Pantelic, Partner, Senior Trademark Attorney in Switzerland and Sissel Bøe-Sollund, Design and Trademark Attorney from Norway, for this interactive session. During this webinar, we will discuss litany of choices facing a client. The trio will use a hypothetical, real-world example mark that has just received a provisional refusal as an EU Trademark and take you on a journey considering the different options based on EU, Norwegian and Swiss practices. You will walk away with a better understanding of trademark applications in Europe, the distinctions of different practices, and how to navigate this important ‘Single Market’.
In addition to answering questions throughout the webinar, the panelists will touch upon:
- National filings versus EU Trademarks as well as transformation and conversion
- Brexit – what protection do you have in the UK?
- Which jurisdictions can file what and where?
- Examination criteria – relative or absolute grounds
- Examples of real-life refusals