Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The CTM Is Changing !

The process of registering a trademark in the EU through OHIM's CTM system is changing effective March 23, 2016. The OHIM name will be changed to EUIPO and CTM will become EUTM. Beyond this aesthetic, there are numerous substantive changes to the EU trademark registration system, including:
  1. Changes to filing procedures, including changes to priority, searching, filing fees, graphical representations of trademarks and certification marks.
  2. Changes to oppositions, including the opposition period, basis for opposition, and proof of use dates. A Mediation Centre will be established to assist in resolution of oppositions.
There are many other changes, as well. For a more complete discussion of the upcoming changes, refer to this excellent article from our friends at Boult Wade Tennant in London.