Alt Legal WebinarEurope Next: How to secure European trademarks
Alt Legal Team | January 13, 2023
This webinar was recorded on March 9, 2023.
Europe is undoubtedly a wonderful market for expansion of US businesses. However, unlike the US, one trademark cannot offer protection in 50+ countries of the continent of Europe. In order to protect their rights in the whole continent, businesses should consider combining available regional and national trademark systems in the region, taking into account peculiarities of different European countries. During this webinar trademark attorneys Andrej Bukovnik and Taras Kulbaba of Bukovnik & Kulbaba provide an introduction to trademark protection in Europe. The webinar offers suggestions for successful trademark protection in Europe, including:
- Europe-wide trademark searches and clearance
- Absolute grounds for refusal and how to avoid office actions
- Oppositions and observations: how and when to use them in your practice
- Administrative and court procedures for cancellation
- The impact of Russian invasion into Ukraine on trademark protection in the region
View the webinar recording here (registration required).
You can download the presentation materials here.
Here’s a webinar specifically about UK trademarks if you want to know more about Brexit (and other UK-related issues).
If you’re considering WIPO instead, here’s a webinar to help you decide.
Taras Kulbaba, Partner at Bukovnik & Kulbaba
Prior to establishing Bukovnik & Kulbaba, Taras Kulbaba worked for over 13 years in law firms in Ukraine and Belgium, where he focused on intellectual property matters in Europe and Central Asia. He holds an LLM (with Distinction) in IP law from Queen Mary, University of London and has over 10 years of experience in managing regional and worldwide portfolios of IP rights. During his career, he has been actively involved in all stages of trademark and industrial designs prosecution work, from designing a filing strategy through to management of the maintenance process. Some of the client portfolios he has been overseeing consist of over 3,000 trademark and design rights. Taras has vast experience handling IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting cases in jurisdictions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is actively involved in the work of several international IP associations, such as INTA, and is a regular contributor to international IP publications and projects, including _Trademark Practice and Forms_ (Oxford University Press, Inc.), _The Trademark Reporter_ (INTA), _INTA Bulletin_ (INTA), and _Manual of Industrial Property_ (Kluwer Law).
Andrej Bukovnik, Partner at Bukovnik & Kulbaba
Prior to establishing Bukovnik & Kulbaba, Andrej Bukovnik worked for over 15 years in large law firms in Slovenia and Belgium, specialising in intellectual property rights prosecution and enforcement in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Western Balkans. He was a client account manager for major multinational corporations and has several years of managerial experience in a multi-national IP law firm. While highly experienced in all IP matters, Andrej excels in anti-counterfeiting, brand protection and infringement cases. He handles cross-border cases requiring legal advice in multiple jurisdictions and represents clients before EUIPO, Benelux IP Office and Slovenian courts and administrative bodies. He has published a number of articles on IP matters in Slovenia and other EU jurisdictions.