MARQUES is the European association representing brand owners’ interests. Its mission is to be the trusted voice for brand owners. Established in 1986 and later incorporated in the United Kingdom as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, MARQUES has no shareholders, issues no dividends and its directors are expressly prohibited from being paid for their services.
MARQUES unites European and international brand owners across all industry sectors to address issues associated with the use, protection and value of IP rights, as these are essential elements of commerce, vital to innovation, growth and job creation, which ultimately enhance internal markets. Its current membership includes intellectual property rights owners and legal practitioners representing their intellectual property rights and interests, in more than 80 countries.
MARQUES is an accredited organisation before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), appointed observer at the EUIPO’s Management Board and Budget Committee, an official non-governmental observer at the World Intellectual Property Organisation and a registered interest representative organisation (ID 97131823590-44) in the Transparency Register set up by the European Parliament and the European Commission, which extends and replaces the former Register of Interest Representatives, opened by the Commission in 2008.
The MARQUES Anti-Counterfeiting and Parallel Trade team is one of the external teams of MARQUES. Its mission is to identify and monitor legal developments in the field of counterfeit, piracy and illicit parallel import; to support brand owners in the protection and enforcement of their IP rights; to build relationships with external stakeholders; and to create a platform for the definition and sharing of best practices amongst the corporate and expert members of MARQUES.