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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 20, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 1/16)
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Major Changes at OHIM in Force Soon

Regulation (EU) No 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Amending Regulation will enter into force on March 23, 2016. From that day, the Office will be called the "European Union Intellectual Property Office" (EUIPO) and the Community trade mark will be called the "European Union trade mark".

Further amendments:
- A new one-fee-per-class system for trade mark application and renewal fees
- An overall decrease in trade mark application and renewal fees payable to the Office, for the benefit of our users

Currently, the Community trade mark included protection for three classes, costing EUR 900 for an electronic application and EUR 1,050 for a paper application. After the enforcement of the Amending Regulation applicants will pay a lower fee if they apply for less than three classes. 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.

More details on the revised fee structure, and other technical changes are available in 23 different languages here

Moreover, on March 23, 2016, the date of entry into force of the amending Regulation, all the Office's online tools and services will be fully updated to reflect the changes in the fee structure. The online fee calculator and list of fees payable will also be updated. On March 23, 2016, an updated version of the Guidelines for Examination will also enter into force, which will reflect the changes introduced by its amendments in the Office's trade mark examination practice.

Please also check the article of DLA Piper for more information here