ECTA 40TH Annual Conference ‘Designing the Future’ ——Welcome to the city of Copenhagen!

Another extraordinary ECTA Conference is coming up soon, on 15-18 June 2022. You may expect great guests and speakers and a very engaging programme with informative sessions, lively discussions, exciting gatherings and Saturday excursions. New to this year’s format: first-time attendee reception, In-House counsel breakfast, Friday pass, online kick-off workshops, and tailored workshops for young professionals.


Boasting a strong design tradition, Copenhagen is ideal for the theme of the ECTA 40th Conference ‘Designing the Future’, as creativity and great minds come together to solve and discuss the challenges of tomorrow.


After the success of last year’s reduced-sized hybrid Conference in Vienna, we are looking forward to bringing back this edition at its full-speed and usual format with intensive networking, learning opportunities…and some upgraded features! Let me give you a peek:

On Wednesday, 8 June we had kickstarted by offering two workshops exclusively online as part of the ‘Conference package’. Our attendees had learnt more about the practical, ethical aspects and professional responsibility of using the AI tools in the IP arena. Also, besides the traditional legal tools, we had found out which communication tools contemporary counsels need to have in their quiver.

Wednesday, 15 June will be fully dedicated to ECTA Supervisory Board and Committee meetings. While Supervisory Board will discuss ECTA strategic aspects, Committee meetings will be an invaluable chance to network with peers, work on Committee projects and exchange on latest case law, legislative and policy developments. To get first-time attendees acquainted, we are planning a dedicated reception, to be continued with a welcome gathering with all other participants at Langelinie Pavillonen.


Thursday, 16 June will be the first of two immersive educational and networking days with the most distinguished guests and speakers. We will look closely at developments and plans for the future of IP rights, data and other intangibles, fashion and design and how to prepare a lawyer for the interest-based solutions dispute management. Last but not least, a gourmet taste of the Danish cuisine at the Royal Playhouse.

 Copenhagen Royal Playhouse

We will continue on Friday, 17 June with a breakfast for In-House counsel and parallel sessions to double the morning’s educational offer. As one cannot design the future without looking at the past, we will learn more about the history of ECTA and IP profession in light of the practical issues for new generations, as well as about licensing, IP and start-ups. Designed especially for new practitioners, we will also offer a session on trade mark evidence in appeal proceedings, tips and tricks based on examples and experience. After the announcement by ECTA President of the winners of the ECTA Award 2022, a competition for IP professionals and students, the last two sessions will be dedicated to the role of IP in the restaurant industry and to the usual EU case-law update.


The conference hotel of Scandic Copenhagen will offer a unique location to explore the city. On Wednesday and Thursday, a short bus ride will take participants to the Copenhagen seaside (Langelinie Pavillonen and Royal Playhouse). On Friday, as the venue is within walking distance, we will walk and talk as we head towards the Wallmans Circus Building for the Gala Dinner, where a very unique show is waiting for you.


Would you like to make your Conference trip even more pleasant? You can participate with your ECTA friends in one of the Saturday excursions offered to discover all must-sees in beautiful Copenhagen, such as the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, the Royal Danish Opera House, the colourful harbour district of Nyhavn, the Old Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle and Tivoli Gardens. The more curious can also attend a day trip in Roskilde and learn more about the Viking story.


Get ready for another extraordinary ECTA Conference!

Author: MLADEN VUKMIR, ECTA First Vice-President, ECTA Programme Committee Chair, HR 

Mladen is practicing IP law in Zagreb, Croatia, where he founded Vukmir & Associates law firm in 1991. Mladen obtained his law degree from the University of Zagreb and his Master’s degree in IP from Franklin Pierce Law. He specialises in IP, information and telecommunications law, licensing, commercial law, litigation and ADR.

Among other stints, Mladen worked for the California-based law firm Fenwick & West, the Italian law firm Pavia e Ansaldo and the UNIDO. He also served as a consultant to the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Croatian Government, the World Bank, the European Commission CARDS program, and WIPO and served at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Standing Committee for Expertise. Recently, he focused primarily on strategic advising of the expanding central European businesses and he is an active mentor on the local start-up scene.


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