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The challenge of enforcing brands online is ever-evolving. In Europe there have been recent developments on both the mechanisms for doing so (ordering ISPs to block websites) and in the rules about which courts have jurisdiction when relying on EU trademarks. Meanwhile, there are open questions before Europe’s highest court about the validity (or otherwise) of exhaustive recitations of goods/services. Europe has had to enact harmonizing reforms from the TM Directive, which have an impact on the registrability of non-traditional marks. Against this background, Europe looks at the risk of fragmenting with the looming departure of the UK from the EU. Mr. Aries will give participants tips on what all of this means for brand owners.
Moderator: Carole Barrett
Nick Aries is a Partner at Bird & Bird and is a UK/European attorney based in San Francisco. Mr. Aries advises US clients in a convenient time zone on IP matters arising outside the US. He specializes in identifying and advising on IP issues in the digital economy, including copyright and trademark questions in online services and social media, and advises on coordinating multi-jurisdictional IP litigation and strategy. His litigation experience includes trademark infringement and passing off, breach of licence/coexistence agreements, software copyright, trade secrets, and designs. His practice also includes transactional IP work such as licensing and the IP aspects of corporate restructures and reorganizations. He has been recognized by WTR as one of the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, is an advisory Board Member of the San Francisco IP Law Association, and chairs the ‘International’ sub-committee of INTA’s Copyright Committee.