MARQUES European Association of Trade Mark Owners
a not for profit company limited by guarantee under the England & Wales laws, Reg. No. 2210172
II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Unit Q, Troon Way Business Centre, 000
Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston
P.O. box: 10212
Leicester LE4 9HA
(+44116) 274 7355
Mr ALAN RAMSEY
Ms ALESSANDRA ROMEO
External Relations Officer
MARQUES is a European association representing brand owners' interests worldwide. Established in 1986 and later incorporated in the United Kingdom as a not for profit company limited by guarantee, MARQUES unites Europe’s and International brand owners across all product sectors to address issues associated with use, protection and value of intellectual property rights as these are vital to innovation, growth and job creation, which ultimately enhance internal markets. Its membership includes brand owners and IP professionals in more than 80 countries. MARQUES is at the forefront of all those institutional and policy-making processes that lead to reform of IP legislation and practice.
MARQUES aims to:
• be a trusted voice for brand owners
• educate in the field of management and exploitation of IP rights;
• promote the professional development of our members; and,
• be a reliable partner in advancing these aims.
An important objective of MARQUES is to safeguard the interests of the public by ensuring the proper protection of trademarks and of all IP rights in general, and to safeguard the interests of IPR proprietors with regard to the regime of IPR protection. MARQUES attempts to achieve this objective by advancing the cause of the trade mark and IPR laws which protect the public from deception and confusion.
MARQUES is an accredited organization before the OHIM – Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, appointed observer at the OHIM’s ABBC – the Administrative Board and Budget Committee, an official non-governmental observer at WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization and a registered interest representative organization (ID number 97131823590-44) in the “Transparency register” set up by the European Parliament and the Commission, which extends and replaces the former “Register of interest representatives” opened by the Commission in 2008.
More information about the Association, its activities and upcoming events is available at www.marques.org.
TM Package concerning the review of the Community Trade Mark Directive and of the Regulation
Those as provided in the context of the activities of the European Trade Mark and Design Network
MARQUES is an accredited organization before the OHIM – Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, appointed observer at the ABBC – the Administrative Board and Budget Committee, an official non-governmental observer at WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization and a registered interest representative association at the European Commission.
MARQUES has been attentively active in promoting the knowledge of the European Commission's initiatives on IPRs matters amongst its membership, and has continued relations with the Commission to whom it has provided consistent contributions upon public consultations or specifically demanded consultations.
MARQUES is actively promoting the dialogue between the brand owners it represents and the national, regional and international trademark institutions. To this purpose MARQUES promotes and organizes itself or takes part to the following initiatives:
Regular seminars and worshops on main IPR topics
Regular intermediate and annual conferences for the membership with full professional programmes on IPR matters, notably trade marks
Participation to the OHIM Administrative Board and Budget Committee meetings
Participation to the Cooperation Fund and Convergence Programme projects as developed by the OHIM
Participation to the meetings of the Observatory on the Infringements of IPRs
Participation to the joint meetings with the sister organisations APRAM, BMM, ECTA, GRUR, ITMA and UNION
Participation to the initiatives of other IPR organisations, such as AIM, BUSINESSEUROPE, INTA, ICC-BASCAP, GACG, ASIPI, AIPPI, etc.
Participation to the WIPO Working Group meetings on the Madrid System, the SCT meetings on the law of trademarks, the meetings on international industrial designs under the Hague system and on geographical indications under the Lisbon Agreement
Participation to the consultations on the EU Commission’s Study on the European trademark systems: MARQUES created an Ad Hoc "Study Task Force". The Study Task Force completed and submitted comments to the MPI Report on 6 May 2011. Cf.: http://www.marques.org/EuropeanCommissionStudy/
Organisation of the meetings with the CTM national judges: the meetings with CTM national judges are organized once a year, in the EU jurisdictions. The first was held in Spain in 2008, the second in Italy in 2009 and the third was organized in Germany on December 2010. In 2011 the meeting was repeated in Germany and run in The Netherlands and in the UK. In 2012 similar events will be held in Spain and in Italy.
Participation to the Commission's initiatives of the bilateral IPR Dialogues.
Participation to the Commission's consultations on the draft customs enforcement regulation, the review of the Enforcement Directive and on the review of the Tobacco Directive with respect to the envisaged introduction of plain packaging policies.
The MARQUES Council is composed of up to a maximum of 40 members (currently and usually about 25-30), with not more than 6 representatives from any one country. Council members may be Corporate or Expert Members but a majority of Corporate Members is sustained by limiting the number of Expert Members to a maximum of 14. Expert Members are usually elected in recognition of their particular qualifications and past significant contribution to MARQUES.
The Council normally meets 3 times a year, usually in March (at the time of the Winter/Spring Meeting), June and September (at the time of the Annual Conference). Its objective is to formulate corporate policy and monitor its implementation based on reports from the Executive Committee, the various Teams and the MARQUES Secretariat, and to initiate ideas and give directions for further development of these groups.
The Executive Committee consists of the Chair and the two Vice-Chairs, who are elected every other year at the March meeting of Council from their own number, and must be Corporate Members of MARQUES. They are responsible to Council and the membership for the day-to-day management of the association including financial matters and budgeting.
The Executive Committee is assisted by a Treasurer who is elected by Council annually from their own number at the March meeting upon the nomination by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is also assisted by Council members co-opted for specific roles and responsibilities. The Company Secretary, the Internal Relations Officer and the External Relations Officer also assist the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee appoints special task forces for specific topics as the need arises.
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A member of the European Sister Associations network (organised on a voluntary basis)
A member of the GACG - Global Anti-Counterfeiting Network
Party to the ICC-BASCAP anti-counterfeiting/piracy organization leaders group activities through the GACG network
03/2013 - 03/2014
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
Provisional figures ending 31/3/2014 (still subject to auditors' review)
Income - Euro 2,404,000
Expenditure Euro 2,281,000
Profit Euro 120,000
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.