In 2016, a number of changes will be implemented to the European Community Trademark System. Among the most important for Canadian brand owners are:
- Implementation of per class fee structure. Currently OHIM permits an application to include up to three classes for a flat fee of 900€. As of 2016, a fee per class will apply.
- Greater specification of goods and services will be required for applications that claim a class heading.
- Increased protection against counterfeits in the European Community as a whole.
- Change of identification of Community Trademark to “European Union Trademark” (or EUTM); OHIM will be referred to as the “European Union Intellectual Property Office” (or “EUIPO”).
For further information, please contact Paula Clancy.