EU trade mark reform

Reform of EU trade mark regulation

Several major changes to EU trade mark law will start to have effect from 23 March 2016, when a new EU Trade Mark Regulation replaces the current Community Trade Mark Regulation.

These changes include:

1. Reduced scope of protection for some older registrations
2. Renewal fee reductions
3. New application filing fees
4. Other fee reductions
5. Opt-in for official register searches
6. Opt-out for surveillance letters
7. Opposition periods for EU designations of International Registrations
8. Proof of use in oppositions
9. Claiming 'priority' from overseas applications

To explain these changes in further detail, and to highlight action you or your clients need to take, we have created a short guide which you can download by clicking on the image below:



For further information or advice on what you or your clients should do as a result of these changes, please contact your usual Dehns' trade mark attorney, or email the Trade Mark Group: