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In an increasingly globalised and diversified marketplace, the importance of
brands is ever growing. At the end of the last century and the beginning of
this century, intellectual property started to become truly European, first of
all by harmonisation of national trademark and design laws and introduction of
the first-ever trans-national trademark and design right, the Community
trademark and the Community design. In the less than thirteen years of ECJ
jurisprudence on issues of European trademark law, many traditional concepts
have seen confirmation or - more frequently - modifications. Legal issues have
arisen and continue to arise that, when the OHIM started operating in 1996,
were not anticipated.
The expansion of the European Union from 15 Member States in 1996 to currently
27 has triggered further discussion of pan-European trademark protection, its
requirements and limitations. Concise European Trademark and Design Law aims
to offer the reader a rapid understanding of the provisions of trademark and
design law in force in Europe and features:
• Article-by-article commentary on the relevant European directives and
regulations in the field of trademark and design rights
• Short and straightforward explanations of the principles of law to be drawn
from each provision
• Editors and authors who are prominent specialists (academics and
practitioners) in the field of European and international trademark and design
About the editors.
Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 (Community Trademark Regulation).
Directive 2008/95/EC (Community Trademark Directive).
Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 (Community Design Regulation).
Directive 98/71/EC (Community Design Directive).
List of Directives.
List of abbreviations.
List of references.
List of relevant websites.