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Implementing the EU Trade Marks Directive: Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Poland & Spain

Earlier this year, our European team held two webinar sessions focusing on the implementation of the EU Trade Marks Directive and its impact across various Member States. We have just published an info-sheet which covers the key developments in Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Poland & Spain, and includes a quick-reference comparative table.

Download the info-sheet here.

The webinar recordings are also available via registration here and here (same content but different speakers).

On 14 January 2019, EU Member States were required to implement the Directive into national law. The Directive aims to harmonise the conditions for obtaining and continuing to hold a registered trade mark so that they are, in the main, identical across Member States.

Our focus
In our webinar we explore how some of the EU Member States are handling the implementation of the Directive: what the most substantive changes are in each Member State, where brand owners might face challenges and what new opportunities exist for businesses protecting and enforcing their brands across the EU. We also address how to best deal with the new procedural rules for cancellation proceedings before Trade Mark Offices that will be set in various member states.

With the UK expected to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, our London IP team will present on the UK developments in a separate webinar. More information to follow in the coming months