Wednesday 13 June

08.00-20.00 Registration and Information Desk
08.00-13.00 Committee Meetings (by invitation only)
08.00-09.00 Advisory Committee
08.30-12.30 Internet Committee
09.00-12.30 Design Committee
Professional Affairs Committee
09.00-13.00 Anti-Counterfeiting Committee
Copyright Committee
Law Committee
10.00-13.00 Geographical Indications Committee
Harmonization Committee
13.00-14.15 EUIPO-Link Committee lunch meeting
Membership and Disciplinary Committee lunch meeting
Publications Committee lunch meeting
WIPO-Link Committee lunch meeting
13.00-14.15 Lunch for Council and Committee Members (by invitation only)
14.30-18.30 Council Meeting (by invitation only)
14.30-15.30 WORKSHOP PART I: Plain packaging in the industry
Moderator and introduction: Marie-Christine Seiler, Junior Partner, Müller Schupfner & Partner, DE

EU Overview of the status of the national legislations, Cheng Foong Tan, Innovate Legal, UK

Australian example: the WTO cases, Dr. Enrico Bonadio, City University of London, UK

Panel discussion
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.00 WORKSHOP PART II: Exchange of best practices between (small/family) law firms
Moderator and introduction: Christina Masoulas, Vice-Chair of the ECTA Professional Affairs Committee, Partner, Law Firm Thanos Masoulas & Partners, GR

Panel discussion (Specific topics)

Eva Fiammenghi, Fiammenghi-Fiammenghi, ECTA Council Member and Member of the ECTA Professional Affairs Committee, IT

Sungpil Hwang, E.M. Hwang & Partners, KR

Andres Esteva, Panamericana de Patentes y Marcas S.C., MX

Peter MacLachlan, ECTA Council Member, Director - MacLachlan & Donaldson, IE
New IT tools and useful statistics

Mona Remlawi, Head, Design and Brand Database Section, WIPO, CH

Case law ‘e-search tools’ and ‘e-appeal’ filing tool, Sven Stürmann, Chairperson of the 2nd Board of Appeal, EUIPO, ES
20.00-23.00 Welcome Cocktail Reception at Zappeion
The Zappeion is not simply an impressive building surrounded by lovely gardens, but also a visition that was conceived by Constantine Zappas and Evangelos Zappas.

The Zappas brothers firmly believed that the newly independent Greek nation needed to take its place among the nations of Europe. In 1869, the Greek Parliament allocated 80,000 m² of public land between the Palace Gardens and the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus, and also passed a law on November 30, 1869, “for the building works of the Olympic Games”, as the Zappeion was the first building to be erected specifically for the revival of the Olympic Games in the modern world. For its construction, the privileges of Greece were emphasized: the clear sky of Attica, the Mediterranean light, the columns with Ionian capitals, the colours of frescoes and circular patio just like the elegant houses of ancient Greece, the colonnades of the entrance which imitates the propylies of temples dedicated to the gods of Olympus.

Recently, the Zappeion Exhibition Hall became a member of Historic Conference Centres of Europe.
Dress code: Casual

Bus transfers will be provided from Intercontinental Athanaeum and Wyndham-Stanley hotels. Electra hotels are within walking distance of the Zappeion.
Transfer schedule will be listed in the final programme.

Thursday 14 June

08.00-18.30 Registration and Information desk
08.30-09.00 Annual General Meeting
09.00-09.20 Welcome
Ruta Olmane, ECTA President, Metida Law Firm, LV
Panagiota Georgopoulou, Senior IP Legal Expert, Hellenic TM Office, GR
Nikolaos Lyberis, ECTA Council Member, Vayanos Kostopoulos Law Firm, GR
Miranda Theodoridou, ECTA Council Member, Dr Helen G. Papaconstantinou & Partners Law Firm, GR
Christina Masoulas, Vice-Chair, ECTA Professional Affairs Committee, Law Firm Thanos Masoulas & Partners, GR
Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, ECTA First Vice-President, The Law Offices of Dr. Christos A. Theodoulou LLC, CY
09.20-10.00 Latest IP News and Trends (I)
Moderator: Anette Rasmussen, ECTA Second Vice-President, Awapatent A/S, DK

Speaker from EUIPO TBC
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-11.10 Latest IP News and Trends (II)
WIPO News, Brian Beckham, Head, Internet Dispute Resolution, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, CH

Reform of the UDRP / URS systems, Brian Beckham, Head, Internet Dispute Resolution, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, CH and (Panel discussion)
Jonathan Agmon, Secretary of the ECTA Internet Committee, Director at Soroker Agmon Nordman Singapore, SG
11.10-13.00 Zeus has thrown his lightning bolt
1st Session: Status of implementation of the Trade Mark Directive (EU) No. 2015/2436 – The most significant changes in national laws
Moderator: Carolin Kind, ECTA Secretary General, Greyhills Rechtsanwälte, DE

European Commission appraisal, Tomas Lorenzo Eichenberg
Principal Administrator of Unit F5/ Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, DG Growth, European Commission, BE

ECTA Harmonization Committee review of national laws, Mara Mondolfo, Chair, ECTA Harmonization Committee, Società Italiana Brevetti S.p.A., IT

National Office perspective, Speaker TBC

Practitioner’s view, Andrea K. Marx, Secretary, ECTA Law Committee, Harmsen Utescher, DE

13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.45 The Diplomacy of Hermes in Action
2nd Session: BREXIT Update
Moderator: Dr. Max Oker-Blom, former ECTA Secretary General, ECTA Honorary Member, Hanken School of Economics, FI

Industry perspective, Speaker TBC

CITMA perspective, Tania Clark, Partner at Withers & Rogers LLP, President of CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys), UK

ECTA perspective, Cristina Bercial-Chaumier, Chair of ECTA Law Committee, Member of the ECTA TF50 representation, Partner, Casalonga Alicante S.L.,ES

15.45-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.30 In need of Hephaestus’s tools
3rd Session: Hot topics in anti-counterfeiting: Goods in Transit and Contributory Infringement
Moderator: Olivier Vrins, Vice-Chair, ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, Altius, BE

Goods in Transit – Two years into the new law – A global appraisal, Luigi Sansone, ECTA Council Member and member of the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, Salomone Sansone, MT

Contributory Infringement – Why is it an issue?, Gie van den Broek, Member of the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, LXA The Law Firm, NL

Liability of intermediaries, Constantin Kletzer, Member of the ECTA Internet Committee, Geistwert Attorneys-at-Law, AT

18.00-19.15 ECTA Committee Chairs meeting (by invitation only)
20.00-23.00 Buffet Dinner at Ble Azure
Ble Azure is located on a private peninsula, right next to the sea offering an amazing view. Dream a fairy party, paved with grass and smothered in green. A breath away from the city centre of Athens is a paradise by the dea with a name worthy of beauty: Ble Azure. Here, the event looks like your summer dream and your moments, dipped in deep blue sea, take other dimensions. All the senses are involved in pleasure.
Dress code: Casual (high heels are not recommended, cardigans or light jacket might be useful)
Bus transfers will be provided. The transfer schedule will be listed in the final programme.

Friday 15 June

08.00-18.00 Registration and Information desk
09.00-13.00 Parallel Sessions
09.00-11.00 Asclepius and the Art of Medicine
4th Session: Different countries, different names? How are pharmaceutical trade marks selected and cleared?
Move your Hand along with Athena
5th Session: Industrial designs and trade marks
Moderator: Myrtha Hurtado Rivas, Vice-Chair, ECTA WIPO-Link Committee, Novartis, CH Moderator: Stephanie Legrand, Secretary, ECTA Design Committee, Legrand Lesage-Catel Gaultier, FR
Industry, Christian Schalk, Senior Counsel, Bayer, DE Designs - 3D Trade marks: corporate policy and search difficulties, Speaker TBC
Generics, Dr. Imre Gonda, Head of IP Department, Richter Gedeon Nyrt., HU Assessment of functionality in trade marks and designs: a comparison, Renate Pouw, Member of ECTA Design Committee, AOMB Intellectual Property, NL
Authorities, Speaker TBC Informed user - Element of complex product, Inga George, Attorney-at-law, Partner, boesling IP Rechtsanwälte GbR, DE
Discussion Discussion
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 Pythia and the Oracle of Apollo’s Delphi
6th Session: The trade mark profession, 10 years from now
Beautiful as Aphrodite?
7th Session: EU Copyright Reform
Moderator and introduction: Benjamin Fontaine, Chair, ECTA Geographical Indications Committee, EGYP, ES Moderator: António Andrade,
Member of the ECTA Copyright Committee, Vieira de Almeida & Associados, PT
Panel discussion
Mladen Vukmir, ECTA Council Member, Vukmir & Associates, HR,
European Parliament, Anne-Catherine Lorrain, Policy Advisor on Legal Affairs, Greens-EFA, European Parliament, BE
Monique Granneman, ECTA Council Member,Novagraaf, NL Industry, Tobias McKenney, Google, BE
Karel Sindelka, ECTA Council Member,Sindelka Lachmannova, CZ Academia, Dr. Eleonora Rosati, Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law, University of Southampton, UK
Discussion Discussion
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.40 The Battles of Ares
8th Session Inter partes mock trial regarding Online IP infringement
Moderator: Judge Camille Lignieres, Court of Appeal, Paris, FR

Practitioner litigators:

Annick Mottet-Haugaard, ECTA Past President, Lydian, BE
Noemi Parrotta, Spheriens, IT

Trial - Deliberation - Discussion
ECTA 2018 Award Presentation

Ruta Olmane, ECTA President, METIDA Law Firm, LV and
Peter Lukácsi, Chair of the ECTA Professional Affairs Committee, SBGK Attorneys at Law, HU
15.40-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.40 Hunting with Artemis
9th Session: EU Case-Law Update
Moderator: Fabio Angelini, Vice-Chair, ECTA Copyright Committee, De Simone & Partners, IT

EUIPO first instance decisions, Dimitris Botis, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department, EUIPO, ES

Important EUIPO BoA decisions of the year, Sven Stürmann, Chairperson of the 2nd Board of Appeal, EUIPO, ES

GC decisions, Andrej Stec, Referendaire in the cabinet of Judge Schwarcz, General Court, LU

CJEU decisions, Georgios Gryllos, Legal Secretary, Chambers of Judge D. Gratsias General Court of the EU, LU

Multinational trade mark infringement dispute, Dr. Thomas Huber, Attorney at Law, Müller Schupfner & Partner, DE

17.40-17.50 Summary
Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, ECTA First Vice-President, The Law Offices of Dr. Christos A. Theodoulou LLC, CY
20.00–24.00 Gala dinner at Nasioutzik Museum
Sixteen km from the centre of Athens, on a green peaceful hill between the areas of Pallini and Spata, unfolds the lifetime creation of George Nasioutzik. Not only is the NASIOUTZIK MUSEUM a Byzantine mansion, it also has a distinct cultural heritage.

As a visitor you will discover more than 2000 unique works of art. The Attica light, along with shades of pines, cypresses and oaks are in perpetual motion. The corridors, stairs, banquet room and living rooms succeed one another in combination with the tranquillity of the land and rich flora. Precious Byzantine icons dating back to the 14th, 17th and 18th century, have been naturally incorporated within the Ktima as if they had always been there.

The ten event halls and even the vast green outdoor atrium perfectly balance each other allowing you to realize that the mansion is simultaneously luxurious, simple, hospitable and most importantly, Greek.

In the mind of George Nasioutzik, the fundamental concept of the «Estate», was conceived early in 1960’s after his return from the United States of America.
The age-old stones from different parts of Greece, planks from floors of Aghion Oros, materials from demolished tobacco shops and mansions from North Greece, elaborate woodwork and tiles and the thousand year old olive trees
became the very first «raw materials» of the estate.
Dress code: Smart casual
Bus transfers will be provided. The transfer schedule will be listed in the final programme.