Trademarks overlap with other IP rights everywhere – whether registration, enforcement or commercialization. Trademark practitioners need to achieve a solid understanding of the many opportunities and pitfalls of intersecting rights. This event also raises fundamental questions about the nature of trademark law and its relationship to the other IP rights, and how policy should best address these overlaps.

When Trade Marks overlap with other IP rights, for example:

  • A geographical indication can be registered as such or protected as a collective or certification mark, under passing off or unfair competition law.
  • A trademark can be subject to unfair competition law, comparative advertising statutes or consumer protection laws. A trademark, as used in blogs and social media, can involve rights of privacy and right of publicity.
  • A product design can be protected as a two- or three-dimensional mark, trade dress, design patent, registered design, unregistered design or as a work of applied art under copyright law.
  • An artistic work can be registered as a trademark, whether or not it is protected under copyright law.

Join INTA in Munich, Germany, on 8 – 9 December 2014 at the Westin Grand Munich Hotel for two days of information-packed, advanced-level sessions, presented by leading authorities in their field, as they deal with these and other emerging issues concerning the overlap of trademarks with other rights. This conference is organized by the Programs and Related Rights Committees of INTA with the kind support of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

Registration will open soon. Mark your calendar and check the INTA and GRUR websites in the months to come for further information.

When: 8 – 9 December 2014
Where: Westin Grand Munich Hotel
Country: Munich, Germany