While in numerical terms the cases which involve conflicts between trade marks and geographical indications are limited, their complexity and more importantly, their implications at different levels (institutional, political, etc.) are important.
The interface between them constitutes a significant part of practice at EUIPO and since that interface involves parties which represent various interests, and which are frequently in contradiction with each other, we have regularly invited stakeholders from both areas to submit their opinion through the standard process of revision of our Guidelines on the examination of absolute and relative grounds involving GIs.
In this course, we offer a variety of subjects and presentations with a focus on future perspectives of this interlinked relationship between both trade marks and geographical indications.
The course is an intermediate level with over 4 hours of content. Each section contains either 2 or 3 videos at roughly 15 minutes each.