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Commission online evaluation questionnaire on the functioning of design protection in the EU


Date: 04-Apr-2019

As many people will be aware, there is currently no harmonisation on rules applicable to visible spare parts in the EU. This has in the past caused issues for some IAAF members when exhibiting at trade shows and exhibitions overseas. 

The European Commission launched an evaluation of the functioning of the EU legislation on design protection in July 2018, which aims to provide an in-depth assessment of the overall functioning of the design protection system at both EU and national levels.

As part of this evaluation there is an online consultation questionnaire which is open for inputs until 15th April 2019. The more replies the Commission receives in favour of the harmonisation of the market for visible must-match spare parts through the introduction of a Repairs Clause, the more this issue has a chance to be taken seriously. 

We are therefore asking as many people as possible to complete the questionnaire - to assist you can download suggested template answers (see below for link) which can be copied and pasted into the questionnaire which can be found by following link. https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-3527248/public-consultation_en

To access the questionnaire, you will be need to log in with an ECAS profile and login details. Should you not have a profile, just follow the procedure to create an account. 

If you have any queries please contact the IAAF Office either by telephone on 0121 748 4688 or email.




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