The completion of the internal market of the European Union moved a step closer last week as Austria and Germany joined TMView. The free-to-access trade marks database hosted at www.tmview.europa.eu now contains 9.1 million records from 24 EU countries as well as the OHIM and WIPO. The remaining member states, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland and Poland are expected to join on 10 December 2012.
But why stop there? Croatia joins the system on 1 July 2013, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are official candidate countries, Albania has submitted an application. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are potential future candidates. In these challenging times for pan-European relations this Kat believes that any sign of unity should be applauded. TMview is a great example of just what can be achieved when we all work together.