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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

What's in a name? Today OHIM becomes EUIPO, CTMs become EUTMs

Get used to it, love it
With the exclusion of certain provisions that will enter into force on 1 October 2017 (eg the one, Article 4, that should get rid of the graphic representation requirement), today Regulation 2015/2424 generally entered into force.

As IPKat readers will remember, this regulation is part of the EU Trade Mark Package adopted last December [here and here]. which also includes a new Trade Mark Directive which Member States have to transpose into their national laws by the 15 January 2019 deadline.

What does it change today?

Among other things:
  • The Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is renamed European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) [here's the renewed website];
  • Community trade marks become European Union trade marks;
  • and Regulation 207/2009 becomes Council Regulation 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the *European Union* trade mark.


SG said...

Well, I've just had a fun time updating our firm's website to reflect this!

Is there any reason why RCDs are not also changing their name? This now feels like a slight incongruity...

Eleonora Rosati said...

It's not the only incongruity! For instance the TM Regulation will keep referring to the Brussels I Regulation instead of its recast version ...

Anonymous said...

Well done Europe! Not only is a European patent not a European patent, whereas a Unitary Patent will be a European patent, but Europe will now have a European Union Intellectual Property Office that covers all European Intellectual Property apart from (the minor matter of)of patents!

Jinping Gong said...

THE Chinese state IP office (sipo) only covers patent issue since the commerical department (which actually more powerful than SIPO in chiense buro system) would never assign their administrative right on trademark to SIPO---it is interesting to see the games between EUROPO and EPO. :)

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