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Profile of registrant


Identification number in the register: 97131823590-44
Registration date: 16/05/10 20:04:45

The information on this organisation was last modified on 23/04/14 16:18:17
The date of the last annual update was 23/04/14 16:18:17

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: MARQUES
Acronym: MARQUES
Legal status: a not for profit company limited by guarantee under the England & Wales laws, Reg. No. 2210172
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  ALAN RAMSEY
Position: Company's Secretary

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  ALESSANDRA ROMEO
Position: External Relations Officer

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 000 Unit Q, Troon Way Business Centre Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston
Leicester LE4 9HA
Telephone number: (+44116) 274 7355
Fax number: (+44116) 274 7365
Other contact information: Contact details of MARQUES Company's Secretary

Alan Ramsey, Esq.

Contact details of MARQUES External Relations Officer:

Ms. Alessandra Romeo

+39 011 8392920
+39 335 487251

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: 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
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information: 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.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

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.:

 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.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Education
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

A member of the European Sister Associations network

A member of the GACG - Global Anti-Counterfeiting Network

Party to the ICC-BASCAP anti-counterfeiting/piracy organization leaders group activities

Financial data

Financial year: 03/2013 - 03/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 50000  € - 100000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

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

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.