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ERA: Annual Conference on EU Trade Marks and Designs in Europe 2019


28 Mar 2019 to 29 Mar 2019





Event Description


The aim of this conference is to meet the requirements of trade mark and design law practitioners to keep informed about the recent case law and the latest EU legislative developments.

Key topics

  • Current issues on trade marks: absolute and relative grounds for refusal
  • Recent rulings from the General Court on likelihood of confusion and on procedural issues
  • Key recent judgments adopted by the Court of Justice on trade marks and designs: unitary character and evidence of use (KitKat shape mark, the Coca Cola saga), Windsurfing Chiemsee revisited (Castle Neuschwanstein), debranding and rebranding (Mitsubishi), colour and colour combination (Louboutin, Red Bull), trade mark exhaustion and commercial strategies (Schweppes), distribution agreements (Coty Germany)
  • Latest update on registered and non-registered Community designs
  • Recent activities of the EUIPO and its Observatory


Sven Klos
Attorney at Law, Klos, Amsterdam

Annette Kur
Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Head of Unit, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich

Alexander von Mühlendahl
Attorney at Law, Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB, Munich; Visiting Professor, Queen Mary University of London

David Musker
Of Counsel, Jenkins & Co, London; Professor of International Design Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London

Octavia Spineanu-Matei
Judge, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg

Andrej Stec
Legal Secretary, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg

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Language: English

Organisers: ERA (Florence Hartmann-Vareilles)

Event number: 219R02