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MARQUES (Association of European Trade Mark Owners) Comments on IRT Recommendations

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  • Subject: MARQUES (Association of European Trade Mark Owners) Comments on IRT Recommendations
  • From: "Cristina Duch" <cduch@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 17:33:25 +0200

Dear Sirs,


By way of introduction, I am the External Relations Officer of MARQUES, the
Association of European Trade Mark Owners. 


MARQUES represents over 750 trade mark owners and trade mark law
professionals in membership and is very active in different fields of
Intellectual Property Law with a view of covering the areas of law that are
relevant for brand protection. The goal of this Association is to educate
and promote the professional development of brand owners in the selection,
management, protection and exploitation of their trademarks and other IP
rights within a global economy, to create a forum for the free exchange of
ideas and information and to provide an effective platform for the
representation of their interests.

Even if MARQUES is based in Europe, it has members from around the world.
Our members include some of the best known brands in the world. For example,
our Council of Directors alone features representatives from Nestle, Diageo,
Coty, Syngenta, Hoffman La Roche, Bacardi, Red Bull, Sara Lee, Gucci, Velux,
InBev, DSM, GlaxoSmithKline, Tetra Pak etc. plus half a dozen leading
European law firms.  

MARQUES has estimated that its members together own upwards of 2 million
domain names, many of them gTLDs.  MARQUES membership accordingly
constitutes a very substantial component of the Internet Stakeholder
constituency. Please, for further information, feel free to consult

MARQUES is closely following ICANN's initiative related to the
implementation of new gTLDs and is pleased to submit its comments to the
Report of the IRT on Trademark Protection Issues. Please find the document
attached. This paper is signed by the Cyberspace Team of MARQUES.


Should you require any further information or clarification, please do not
hesitate to contact me.


Yours sincerely,


Cristina Duch

External Relations Officer


 <mailto:cduch@xxxxxxxxxxx> cduch@xxxxxxxxxxx

Tel. +34 659078784


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