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European Union: OHIM to Shut Down Ahead of EUIPO Change on March 22, 2016

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) plans to shut down on March 22, 2016, ahead of the impending EUIPO change which is scheduled to take effect on March 23, 2016.  Its office will be closed tomorrow and the website shut down to allow for a smooth transition to being named the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Effective March 23rd, OHIM As of March 23rd, Community trademarks (CTMs) will be referred to as European Union trademarks.

The current web address, www.oami.europa.eu, will automatically redirect to a new domain name, www.euipo.europa.eu, on March 23.

OHIM’s email addresses will also change to name.surname@euipo.europa.eu, though the currently used name.surname@oami.europa.eu will run in parallel for “several months,” OHIM said.

The name change is part of wider amendments to the EU trademark system.

One of the key changes in the reform is the reduction in CTM renewal fees from €1,500 ($1,681) to €850 for electronic filing, and from €1,500 to €1,000 for paper filing.

Source:  http://www.worldipreview.com/