Trademark regulation: New fee system and name change

von Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP

There are several changes regarding the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the Community trade mark. From 23.03.2016 on OHIM will be changed to EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

On that date all existing CTMs and CTM applications will automatically become European Union trade marks and European Union trade mark applications, respectively.

Pay for what you need - positive impact for trade mark applicants

The Community trade mark included protection for three classes, costing €900 for an electronic application and €1 050 for a paper application. The Amending Regulation sees the Office move to a one-class-per-fee system. This means that in practice applicants will pay a lower fee if they only apply for one class, the same fee if they apply for two, and a higher fee if they apply for three or more. Renewal fees are substantially reduced in all instances and set to the same level as application fees, and there are also reductions in opposition, cancellation and appeal fees.

The amending Regulation also revises the fees payable to the Office, including an overall reduction in their amounts, particularly in the case of trade mark renewal fees. On 23 ...

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