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Andreea Bende attends the 2023 ECTA Annual Conference, event structured around the theme: Exploring IP Magic

June 2023

European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) is a professional association that promotes knowledge and professionalism in the field of intellectual property law within the European Union. It was founded in 1980 and currently counts for over 1500 members across the European Union Member States.

ECTA is recognized as a discussion partner for important public and political bodies, working closely with EU institutions, EUIPO, WIPO, and other national and international organizations, and provides a platform for knowledge exchange and sharing among IP attorneys and other professionals – including thanks to its highly engaging events.

ECTA’s 41 Annual Conference is tailored around the theme: Exploring IP Magic.

The event will take place during 28 June – 1 July 2023, in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Andreea Bende, Partner will represent SIMION & BACIU at this highly anticipated event.

  • Will you be attending ECTA? 
  • Not in Prague during that time, but are interested in a discussion on the topics addressed during the conference?

Andreea would be pleased to connect before, during or after ECTA and share her expert views on the takeaways of this year’s event, and more.

We are proud to note that Andreea is a member of the Designs Committee within ECTA, currently involved in the Committee’s task forces following the upcoming Design Reform legislation in the European Union. 

As the organizers of this year’s event extremely descriptively mentioned, the conference topics will reflect new trends and developments, while the speakers will deliver presentations “on IP issues in the online world, EU design reform and anti-counterfeiting, bad faith, brands and sports, non-agri GIs, works of applied arts and geographical names in trade marks. The conference will conclude, of course, with the ever-popular EU case law update.” (Source: HERE)

To learn more about ECTA please visit their website HERE.

More details on SIMION & BACIU’s award-winning Intellectual Property practice are available HERE.


SIMION & BACIU and its team members are honored by the string of accolades acknowledging their experience and level of client service in the intellectual property field, too, with 2022-2023 (to date) highlights including:

The firm:

  • Winner of the much-coveted Romanian Firm of the Year award by Managing IP, for the second consecutive year (2022 and 2021)
  • One of only two firms included in TIER 1 for Intellectual Property by Legal 500
  • Ranked TIER 1 and acknowledged as a Top Tier Firm for Trademark contentious and Trademark prosecution and Recommended for Copyright and other related rights by IP Stars/Managing IP
  • Ranked GOLD and received top honours for Enforcement and litigation and Prosecution and strategy in the WTR1000s rankings
  • Ranked in the Intellectual Property & TMT section of the EMEA Chambers and Partners analysis for Romania

Ana-Maria Baciu, Managing Partner:

  • Included in the highly selected Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in Intellectual Property
  • Recognized as IP Star (trademarks) by IP Stars/Managing IP
  • Acknowledged as a Leading Individual in Intellectual Property by Legal 500
  • Included in Band 1 for Intellectual Property by Chambers and Partners
  • ranked GOLD and recognized among the WTR Global Leaders (Private Practice) by WTR1000

Cosmina Simion, Managing Partner:

  • Ranked SILVER by WTR1000
  • Acknowledged by the IP Stars editorial

Andreea Bende, Partner:

  • Recognized as IP Star (trademarks) by IP Stars/Managing IP
  • Acknowledged as a Next Generation Partner in Intellectual Property by Legal 500
  • Recognized as a Up and Coming professional by Chambers and Partners
  • Received the Top IP Professional distinction at the Lawyers Gala organized by FinMedia
  • Ranked GOLD by WTR1000

Alina Tace, Managing Associate:

  • Acknowledged as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property by Legal 500

Zsófia Judit Halmágyi, Intellectual Property Counsel:

  • Acknowledged as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property by Legal 500

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