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A global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and complementary intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation, and committed to building a better society through brands.



The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle), is the world’s leading not-for-profit association dedicated to the development and improvement of laws for the protection of intellectual property. It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, based in Switzerland with about 8000 members worldwide from more than 131 countries



With more than 1500 members, coming from all Member States of the EU and beyond, ECTA promotes the knowledge and professionalism of the intellectual property law community in the fields of trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights, within the European Union. ECTA, founded in 1980 now has 40 years’ experience in promoting its members’ knowledge and professionalism. For a long time known as the ‘European Communities Trade Mark Association’, ECTA was the primary non-governmental professional association involved in the introduction of the European Union’s Community trade mark system in 1996 and has remained actively involved in the refinement and improvement of this highly successful unitary trade mark system.


This has been beneficial to ECTA members, many of whom have been actively involved in promoting, positively influencing and bringing about important changes in the fields of intellectual property in Europe.

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