33rd MARQUES Annual Conference

33rd MARQUES Annual ConferenceRegistration for the 33rd MARQUES Annual Conference is now open. The Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 17 to 20 September 2019 and will feature panel sessions, workshops and social activities.

The theme of this year’s Conference is “Brands Confronting Change”.

The first part of the Conference will start with a keynote speech by Jan Willem Velthuijsen, who is Chief Economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “He will give us some broad horizons about what is happening in the world, and then we have speakers from Design Bridge and Virgin Enterprises who will reflect on them in more depth,” says Gregor Vos, who chairs the team that has put together the programme.

Other sessions during the conference will pick up the theme. One, for example, will look at the effect of changes in technology, marketing and communication and will feature a presentation from a representative of Dropbox on how such changes affect a fast-developing brand. Another will look at whether tax havens have a future – a topic that is particularly relevant in Ireland, where many high-tech companies have set up European headquarters.

Another aspect of change is globalization and the opportunities it raises for IP disputes, so a session at the Annual Conference will focus on damages in trade mark infringement cases. Speakers will compare and contrast the law and practice in the UK, US, China, France, the Netherlands and the Middle East.

The Annual Conference will also feature sessions on geographical indications and designs, an update from EUIPO one year on from the EU trade mark reforms and a review of CJEU and General Court case law. There will be four workshops on Thursday afternoon for delegates to choose between; more details about these will be published on the MARQUES blogs soon.

The Conference will be hosted at the Citywest Hotel, which is set in 240 acres of parkland and is close to Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport. It also includes a leisure club and 18-hole golf course.

Source: Class 46 Blog