Trier, 15-16 March 2012
geographical indicationsObjective
This conference will provide intellectual property law practitioners with an in-depth analysis of the legal framework applicable to geographical indications at international and at EU levels as well as on landmark judgments of the ECJ.
Key topics
· International framework of protection for geographical indications
· Protection of geographical indications in the European Union
· Strategies in setting up geographical indications
· Relationship between geographical indications and trade marks
· Practices misleading the consumer and comparative advertising
· EU labelling rules applicable to geographical indications
· Impact of the „Quality package 2010‰ for geographical indications
· Modification of the Regulation on customs enforcement of IP rights (COM(2011) 285)

Who should attend:

Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, civil servants and other practitioners of law dealing with geographical indications, trade marks and industrial property.
Languages: English, German (simultaneous interpretation)

Organiser: Florence Hartmann-Vareilles, ERA

Event number: 212D50

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Luc Berlottier
, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Agriculture, European Commission, Brussels
Bernard O‚Connor, Partner, NCTM O’Connor, Milan/Brussels
Eric De Gryse, Partner, Simont Braun, Brussels
Dr Gail Evans, Reader in International Intellectual Property Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
Benjamin Fontaine, Attorney-at-law, Ernest Gutmann & Yves Plasseraud S.A.S., Alicante
Imre Gonda, Deputy Head of Trade Mark and Design Department, Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Budapest
Irina Kireeva, Lawyer, NCTM O’Connor, Brussels
Dr Roland Knaak, Head of Unit at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich
Marie-Paule Rizo, Head of Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications Law, Trademark and Design Law Division, WIPO, Geneva*
Dr Volker Schoene, Loschelder Rechtsanwälte, Bonn
Olivier Vrins, ALTIUS, Brussels

Source: ERA