The XII Conference of the European Trademark Court took place this year, for the last time, in the conference room of the Alicante Bar Association (ICALI) on 16 and 17 November. It is the last time in the sense that, as highlighted during the opening of the conference, it is foreseen that the following conferences are expected to be celebrated in the new conference room of ICALI.
Not every day ICALI has the privilege of hosting distinguished jurists, professors and experts of European and national trade mark protection to provide a European understanding of brands and their protection.
The conference began with an enthusiastic welcome from the Dean of the Provincial Bar Association of Alicante, Mr. Fernando Candela Martínez, accompanied by Mrs. Pilar de la Oliva Marrades, president of the Superior Court of Justice of the Autonomous Community of Valencia, Luis Berenguer, spokesperson of the Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), on behalf of Antonio Campinos, Executive Director of EUIPO and Mr. Enrique de la Cruz Lledó, Dean of the Illustrious Provincial College of Procurators of Alicante.
After the opening, Mr. Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo Ibáñez-Martín, Spanish judge of the General Court of the European Union, illustrated the audience with his impassioned presentation on national judgments on trademarks and the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Next, Gordon Humphreys, President of the 5th EUIPO Resource Room gave a very useful presentation for specialists and lawyers of European brands: he shared the novelties about the decisional practice of the EUIPO Resource Rooms based on the case-law criteria of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The afternoon was also full of exceptional and enlightening presentations. Mr. Arne Führer, magistrate judge of the Provincial Court of Hamburg shared his knowledge of the preliminary rulings in a dynamic presentation comprised of a comparison between Spanish case-law and legislation with that of his native country, Germany. Before the end of the afternoon, two round tables took place where the speakers shared their knowledge and perspectives: Mrs. Pilar Montero García-Noblejas, academic professor of commercial law at the University of Alicante, together with Don Óscar Modéjar, chief of the EUIPO legal practice service explained their great knowledge about geographical indications, with a special particularity: their focus on non-agricultural (food) products. Last but not least, the first day of the conference ended with the energetic round table with Don Daniel Gaja, legal advisor to EUIPO and Mr. Leandro Blanco-García-Lomas, who discussed the use of the trade mark in a different way than registered. After an intense day of sharing opinions and knowledge, both speakers and attendees joined the cocktail party held at Hestia Lucentum.
The second and last day was just as intense and interesting. The attendantspaid their undivided attention to Mr. Enrique García-Chamón Cevera, President of the Trade Union Court of the European Union, and esteemed professor of Magister Lvcentinvs, together with Mr. Jorge Llevat Vallespinosa, lawyer and member of Grupo Propiedad Intellectual of Cuatrecasas, who participated by conveying their experiences and knowledge in the round table on the new trends in the quantification of compensation.
Mr. Luis Antonio Soler Pascual, magistrate of the Trade Union Court of the European Union gave the attendees the honor of sharing his great knowledge about the case-law novelties in the judgments of the Trademark Court. The day ended with a final round table, in which attendees had the opportunity to hear trademark experts discuss very interesting cases before the Trademark Court of the European Union: Mr. Francisco José Soriano Guzmán, magistrate of the Trademark Court of the European Union and Mr. José Manuel Otero Lastres, lawyer and partner of the law firm Otero Lastres, and Professor of Commercial Law of the University of Alcalá de Henares.
The XII Conference of the European Trade Mark Court has provided the opportunity for all participants, both attendees and speakers, to receive illustrative seminars as well as to share visions, knowledge and experiences between specialists in the sector.
It was a great pleasure for us to have been present in this year's Conference, and we are looking forward to participating again in the years to come.