March 16, 2010

On April 19-22, 2010, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will be hosting its Twenty-Third Session of the "Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications" in Geneva, Switzerland. This meeting (WIPO meeting link HERE), will cover several topics, including "Grounds for Refusal of All Types of Marks," "Technical and Procedural Aspects Relating to the Registration of Certification and Collective Marks," "Draft Questionnaire Concerning the Protection of Names of States Against Registration and Use as Trademarks," and "Possible Areas of Convergence in Industrial Design Law and Practice," with materials currently available in PDF format for each topic on the WIPO link above. For example, the documentation in connection with the Grounds for Refusal references 16 individual reasons, including signs not constituting a trademark, lack of distinctiveness, descriptiveness, genericness, functionality, public order and morality, and deceptiveness, to name a few. A formal draft agenda (PDF link HERE) is also available, noting the topics to date and the order in which they will be presented.

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