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Announcement Description

EU Trade Mark (EUTM) Reform:
Provisions that Come into Effect on
October 1, 2017

On March 23, 2016, Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation (the Amending Regulation) entered into force.  Some provisions came into effect on that date, others came into effect today, as they had to be developed by secondary legislation.
Accordingly, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), formerly the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM), has dedicated part of its website to the changes relating to the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM), formerly the Community Trade Mark (CTM), that apply as of October 1, 2017.  The relevant pages, which may be found here, include, among other things:
1) A video (3:30) summarizing the scope of the changes.
2) Detailed explanations of the three main areas of change:  graphical representation-types of mark, EU certification marks and various procedural changes (priority, acquired distinctiveness as a subsidiary claim, opposition/cancellation proceedings, online substantiation, languages and translation, assignment of EUTM as a remedy, communication with the Office, Boards of Appeal and transitional provisions).
3) Information Resources
(latest news and on-going webinars, workshops and events)
4) Relevant Legislation and Guidelines
5) Awareness and Promotional Content
(videos and publications, including a downloadable brochure and 27-page summary)
6) FAQs and an ability to send the EUIPO a question in an e-mail.

The Alicante News, a publication of the EUIPO, published two articles on this topic in recent months: "Second Phase Legislative Reform On Sunday 1 October 2017" in its September edition, and "The countdown is on, Second Phase Legislative Reform 1 October 2017" in its June edition.

The "TTIL Watch List [A-Z]" on the Trademark Treaties and International Law (TTIL) "Committee Members Site" contains a section devoted to EU trade mark reform.




Created at 10/1/2017 11:19 AM by Alan Datri
Last modified at 11/19/2017 9:22 AM by Alan Datri