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Dr Andra Musatescu
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Dr. Andra Musatescu is considered and recognized as “an IP expert of ‘the absolutely highest standard’” (Legal 500), “a fantastic lawyer” (Chambers and Partners), “a true expert at what she does” (WTR1000) and “one of the best external legal counsel to be found anywhere” (WTR1000). Dr. Musatescu, with her extensive legal experience of over 15 years in Romanian legal system, but also with a deep understanding of US and UK legal principles from both her high education and work, has advised and represented major foreign multinational companies and Romanian large entities in relation to all intellectual property rights, among which trademarks, designs, copyrights, know-how etc. Dr. Musatescu’s areas of expertise include, beside intellectual property, unfair competition, competition, tax, energy, mining, oil, gas and international law.
(ii) Articles She has authored a number of articles in relation to trade marks in Romania, participated as a speaker or as Chair-Person in seminars, conferences, table topics etc., among which: Articles and Publications (selection): • Author: “Short views over the notions of distinctive, with reputation and well-known trademarks, Revista Romana de Proprietate Industriala, Oficiul de Stat Pentru Inventii si Marci, No. 3-4, 2011; • Author: “The conflict between Commercial Names and Trade Marks”, Revista Romana de Proprietate Industriala, Oficiul de Stat Pentru Inventii si Marci, No. 2, 2006; • Author: “Importance of brands and avoiding conflicts between them in the light of European Integration”, American Business Net, Summer Edition, 2005; Speaking Engagements and Presentations (selection): • Chair-Person at the Roundtable General View Over the Trademark Legislation: One Year After Its Modification organized under the aegis of International Trademark Association (INTA), at the Romanian State Office for Patents and Trademarks, 02 November 2011; • Chair-Person at the Roundtable “New Challenges in the field: Recent Modifications to the Trademark Law” organized under the aegis of International Trademark Association (INTA), at the Romanian State Office for Patents and Trademarks, 03 November 2010; • Chair-Person at the Roundtable “Problems Which Can Appear in Trademark Protection and Enforcement” organized under the aegis of International Trademark Association (INTA), at the Siqua Hotel, Bucharest, 04 November 2009. • Moderator at the Parallel Imports in Europe – Latest Developments Table Topic held at International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in Seattle, 2009; • Chair-Person at the Roundtable “The New Challenge Romania Faces: Community Trade Marks” organized under the aegis of International Trademark Association (INTA), at the Romanian State Office for Patents and Trademarks, Bucharest, 21 November 2008; • Moderator at the Parallel Imports in European Community Table Topic held at International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, 2007; • Speaker presenting: “The Importance of Trademarks” at the Company Image Promotion organized by the Romanian Electric Company, September 2006; • Trainer: (Chair-Person) at the seminar ‘Intellectual property is private property’ held in Constanta for Judges, Prosecutors and Police on 11-13 May 2004; • Trainer: (Speaker & Chair-Person) at the seminar ‘Intellectual property is private property’ held in Timisoara for Customs and Border Police between 10-11 March 2004; • Speaker at the Intellectual Property Conference organized by the American Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce at Marriott on 3 February 2004; • Speaker presenting: “The Importance of Trade Mark in Free Market Economy” at the Company Image Promotion organized by the Romanian Electric Company, 26-27 June 2002.
Romanian, Moldavian, English, French.
(iii) Professional Affiliations and Activities Dr. Andra Musatescu is a member of the Romanian and Bucharest Bar Associations and the Romanian Chamber of Industrial Property Attorneys and the International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property – Romanian Group, as Romanian Associations. Ms. Musatescu is currently on the list of Arbitrators and Mediators held by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and an active member of leadership committees of different international associations, such as International Trademark Association (INTA) Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee, International Classification Subcommittee (2010 – 2011 committee term), Publication Committee of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) and IT&C Committee of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Andra Musatescu worked also as a member of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee of the INTA Dilution and Well Known Marks Committee for the 2006 – 2007 committee term and in the INTA's Parallel Imports Committee, EU Sub-committee for the 2008-2009 term. During the membership of the INTA Dilution and Well Known Marks Committee she drafted reports on the current legislation of Romania and Moldavia with respect to the well-known trademarks and submitted opinions with respect to a potential change in the legislation relating to well-known trademarks registry. She has also worked on a number of PHARE programs in relation to the harmonization of Romanian laws with the European Community law. She was the Key Local Expert in a PHARE Project on “ Upgrading and Harmonization of Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights, and Strengthening of Implementing Authorities in Charge of Intellectual and Industrial Property Protection” (‘the Project’). Within the Project, Ms. Musatescu trained judges, custom officers and patent attorneys and expressed opinions regarding changes in the Romanian legislation for increasing the level of the harmonization of the Romanian legislation with the EC legislation. She is also mentioned in Marquis Who’s Who in the World and in Who is Who in Romania and is the head of Durham Alumni Association in Romania.
Ms. Musatescu is a Romanian qualified Barrister/Attorney-at-Law (member of Romanian and Bucharest Bar Associations, 1997), Industrial Property Counsel/Attorney – Trademarks, Industrial Designs, Layouts of Integrated Circuits, Patents (member of Romanian Chamber of Industrial Property Counsels, 2001), European Trademark and Design Attorney (2007), Doctor of Laws (Ph.D at Legal Research Institute of Romanian Academy, 2007), Master of Laws (L.L.M. at University of Durham, Law School, U.K. – Chevening Scholarship, 1998), Law Degree (University of Bucharest, Law School, 1996), Certificates (Romanian State Office for Patents and Trade Marks, Industrial Property Law, 2000; University of Cambridge, U.K., English Legal Methods - Soros Scholarship, 1995; New England School of Law, Boston, USA, U.S. Property Law, 1995). The Masters degree obtained from the University of Durham, United Kingdom, specialized Ms. Musatescu in European Community law, with an emphasis on intellectual property and especially on trademarks and her Ph.D thesis had as a topic the impact of trademarks on free movement of goods and competition. Andra Musatescu is now Doctor of Laws, title obtained from the Romanian Academy, Legal Research Institute.