There's a free half-day conference in Geneva on Friday 7 October, to mark the accession of the European Union to the Madrid Protocol (you know, the deal that enables businesses to file multiple national and/or regional trade mark applications cheaply, easily AND without having to use French ...). There are some good speakers too, if the programme is anything to be believed.

Says the IPKat, I bet the official event will be a crashing bore because everyone is going to spend the afternoon being polite to everyone else and not saying what they really think. But I'd love to be where the real action is, in the coffee break and cocktail reception, listening to representatives of trade mark owners and applicants saying off the record the things they may not feel able to say on it ...

Trade marks without French here (at point 2e)
French without tears here, here and here
SOMETHING TO DO IN GENEVA SOMETHING TO DO IN GENEVA Reviewed by Jeremy on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 Rating: 5


  1. With 15 presentations in just one afternoon, ten coming from officials, you wouldn't expect anything interesting anyway, would you? I think we can all guess the official line: "Nice WIPO, wonderful Madrid, brilliant European Union, lovely trademarks, thank you all for coming ...".

  2. Your previous anonymous commentator forgot something -- OHIM (or is it OAMI?). "Super OHIM, efficient OHIM, profitable OHIM, architecturally OHIM, sunsoaked OHIM ...".

  3. There is a slight date mistake in the Madrid Protocol conference. Thursday 7 and Friday 8 are the calendar days in next October. Warm regards from an avid IPKat fan. Juan M. Alvarez del C. V.

    The IPKat says: Juan Manuel's quite right - it should be Thursday 7th


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