Changes in the European Union with respect to European trademarks.

With the entry into force of Regulation No 2015/2424 amending the Community trade mark regulation on 23 March 2016, we would like to draw your attention to three important changes with respect to European trademarks.

New name:

The OHIM became the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the Community trade mark became the European Union trade mark.


New fee system:

The fee system at the EUIPO has changed from a basic fee that covers up to three classes of goods and services to a “pay-per-class” system for applications and renewals.

At the same time, there is an overall decrease in the official fees.


Specific classifications:

The new Regulation stipulates that the goods and services for which protection is sought, should be identified with sufficient clarity and precision, following the principle of “what you see is what you get”. Filing an EU trademark for the general class heading is no longer advisable.