The European Trade Mark and Design Network (ETMDN) connects national and regional offices for intellectual property (IP), user associations and other IP organisations that work together to produce a comprehensive trademarks and designs system in Europe. This means that shared practices, services and tools focus on the needs of IP professionals and rights holders.
The ultimate aim for this network is to provide IP system users with a high-quality experience. This is achieved using a project-based approach. The members of the ETMDN set out the objectives and priorities. Projects are run by working groups consisting of experts from participating IP offices and associations, which provide guidance and input.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), an EU agency, supports projects by providing infrastructure and facilities in collaboration with participating IP offices.
The ETMDN projects can be classed either as IP Tools or Convergence of Practices.