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European Union: The Amending Trademark Regulation Will Take Effect March 23, 2016

The Amending Trademark Regulation (“Amending Regulation”) will replace the existing Community Trademark Regime effective March 23, 2016.  Under the new regulation there will be some key changes in terminology as follows:

OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market will become EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office )

CTMs (Community Trademarks) will be now be EUTMs (European Union Trademarks )

The new fee system at EUIPO replaces the current system applied by OHIM, and is designed to make the process of obtaining EU-wide protection for trademarks more streamlined.  The new system will be based on a pay-per-class system for application and renewal fees. This means that applicants will pay a lower fee if they apply for only one class, the same fee if they apply for two, and a higher fee if they pay for three or more.  Under the new system renewal fees (e-filing) effective March 23, 2016 are as follows:

  • First Class: 850 euros (e-filing)
  • Second Class: 50 euros
  • Third Class: 150 euros
  • Fourth and all subsequent classes: 150 euros

New European Union Certification Mark:  information will be posted when it becomes available.