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EU trade mark reform

  • A new era for EU trade marks

    January 26, 2016

    Are you ready for the fundamental changes coming to trade mark law and practice in Europe? Over the next four pages, we provide pointers for steps you need to consider – and when. By James Nurton

  • New EU Trade Mark Directive published

    December 23, 2015

    The final text of the new EU Trade Mark Directive has been published, and will enter into force in January 2016. The revised Directive, numbered 2015/2436, is the result of more than seven years of consultation and debate

  • Get ready for trade mark changes in Europe

    December 16, 2015

    Far-reaching changes to the Community trade mark and national trade mark systems will come into effect early next year, after they were approved in a vote in the European Parliament

  • EU trade mark reform compromise criticised

    June 24, 2015

    The Netherlands, Estonia and the EU Commission have issued statements criticising the final compromise texts for a new Trade Marks Directive and an amended Community Trade Mark (CTM) Regulation

  • EU trade mark reform: the six key changes

    June 17, 2015

    MEPs have endorsed the final compromise texts of the draft new EU Trade Marks Directive and amended Community Trade Mark (CTM) Regulation. Managing IP picks out the key changes affecting law, procedure and fees

  • INTA welcomes EU trademark reform deal

    May 03, 2015

    Community trade mark renewal fees will be cut; measures to combat goods in transit will be strengthened; and some registration procedures will be harmonized following a deal struck by EU institutions on April 21.

  • EU trade mark reform at a glance

    April 22, 2015

    The so-called trilogue comprising the European Parliament, Commission and Council have agreed a deal on EU trade mark reform. But with details still sketchy, Managing IP analyses what is clear and what is still to be revealed

  • EU trade mark deal struck, so what happens now?

    April 22, 2015

    Finally, after five years of debate, there is an agreement on reform to the EU Trade Marks Directive and CTM Regulation. While there is a cautious welcome for what has been agreed, we are likely to enter a new period of adaptation and scrutiny

  • More work to be done on EU trade mark reforms

    December 19, 2014

    Negotiations between the European Parliament, the EU Presidency and Council on the reforms to the EU Trade Mark Directive and CTM Regulation will continue next year under the Latvian Presidency, after a meeting this week was postponed.

  • Talks on EU trade mark reforms to begin

    July 31, 2014

    Politicians and officials in Brussels have taken the next step on the way to agreeing a new set of European trade mark rules

  • EU trade mark offices set for shake up

    February 11, 2013

    National trade mark offices in Europe will have to abandon examination on relative grounds and introduce opposition and invalidation procedures, under changes to the EU Trade Marks Directive to be proposed by the European Commission

  • Details of CTM overhaul disclosed

    February 11, 2013

    Community trade marks (CTMs) will be re-named European trade marks (ETMs) and OHIM will become the European Union Trade Marks and Designs Agency, according to draft European Commission proposals seen by Managing IP

  • Further CTM fee cuts to be proposed

    February 11, 2013

    The European Commission is set to propose slashing the costs of applying for and renewing Community trade marks, according to documents seen by Managing IP

  • How OHIM will improve quality

    September 18, 2011

    National searches should be abolished when the Community trade marks regulation is revised next year, according to OHIM President António Campinos

  • EU Trade Mark Study proposes fee changes

    March 08, 2011

    The long-awaited study into the functioning of the trade mark system has been published, with suggestions on use and fees

  • What will be in the EU trade mark study?

    February 28, 2011

    A long-awaited study into the trade mark system in Europe is expected to be published soon. Managing IP considers what recommendations it might make

  • Commission extends deadline for trade mark study

    November 11, 2010

    The deadline for the Max Planck Institute to submit its study on the functioning of the trade mark system in Europe to the European Commission has been extended by one month, Managing IP has learned

  • EU trade mark reforms coming next year

    September 20, 2010

    The European Commission will propose reforms to the Trade Marks Directive and CTM Regulation by October next year, a senior official said last week

  • Why CTM fees can be cut again

    September 20, 2010

    CTM application and renewal fees should be further reduced, and about €400 million returned to trade mark owners, says the outgoing president of OHIM

  • Harmonisation priorities spelt out for TMs in Europe

    July 19, 2010

    Three IP associations have recommended five areas where trade mark office practices should be harmonised in Europe

  • Trade mark study focuses on cluttering of register

    June 14, 2010

    Members of the Max Planck Institute conducting a study into Europe’s trade mark system appear concerned about the cluttering of the register, according to practitioners who attended a meeting last week

  • Users make their case on EU trade mark reform

    June 04, 2010

    Fifteen trade mark users’ groups will have an opportunity to explain their priorities for European trade mark reform next Tuesday

  • EU trade mark plans attacked by users

    May 10, 2010

    Trade mark users’ associations in Europe have expressed "deep concern" about draft conclusions published by the EU’s Spanish presidency which aim to revise the legislation governing trade marks in Europe

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