The IPKat has received this message from MARQUES, which he feels is so important that he is posting it immediately:
MARQUES, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, has recently become aware of the Commission’s now advanced proposals to “codify” the 1988 Trade Marks Directive (Directive 89/104/EEC) and the 1993 Community Trade Mark Regulation (Regulation No. 40/94). MARQUES generally recognizes the benefit of codified legal texts and thus supports the policy behind the Better Regulation Programme. However, in this instance, MARQUES finds that the disadvantages clearly outweigh the advantages.Unfortunately, statements like this are of no value at all unless sensible, concerned people act upon them. So the IPKat urges you: if you have any influence, or know anyone who has any influence, please support MARQUES and ECTA in their request to the Commission. And if you know who within the Commission is the individual whose job it is to deal with this matter, please tell the IPKat so that he can urgently contact him in person in order to press the professions' case.
The provisions of the Trade Marks Directive and the Community Trade Mark Regulation are an integral part of the daily professional life of trade mark owners and practitioners in Europe and elsewhere, both as to their substance and as to their titles. To codify and thereby to re-title these provisions will thus have a very notable legal and practical impact. In this regard, MARQUES observes that it has never received any request from its members to press for such codification, which clearly indicates that users of the system as it stands do not experience any problems with it. In addition, MARQUES notes that the Commission has indicated that it seeks to undertake a general review of the European trade mark system. This in turn may lead to new legislative proposals and further amendments of the present texts. The impending prospect of a general review clearly speaks in favour of postponing the present planned codification.
MARQUES therefore shares the views expressed by the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), whose Council resolved on 1 July 2008 to request the European Commission to withdraw these proposals from the agenda of proposed legislation and to request the governments of the Member States of the European Union to oppose the legislative proposals when they are presented for adoption in the Council of Ministers.