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New on LimeGreen IP know-how: EUTM opposition, invalidity & revocation guides following legislative reform

We´ve added guides to European Union Trade Mark procedures to our existing jurisdictional guides on trademark Opposition, Invalidity and Revocation. Who can file such proceedings, where and when? Can proceedings be avoided through amicable settlement? We cover these issues and more taking into account changes which came into effect on 1 October 2017 as a result of the second wave of the Legislative

EU trade mark reform – To renew or not to renew…

In our previous post we mentioned that the renewal fee situation for EUTMs was no longer clear, and that we considered the approach put forward by OHIM in its draft guidelines to be incorrect. We are pleased to report that the situation has now been clarified.  OHIM has today published a President’s Communication confirming that:

EU trade mark reform update

In our previous post we mentioned that brand owners should consider deferring renewals of EUTMs until after the introduction of the new EUTM Regulation where possible to save money. Unfortunately, the renewal fee situation is no longer clear.  The new Regulation will enter into force on 23 March 2016. However, OHIM has issued draft guidelines

Europe: Green light for European TM reform

Today, the European Commission published the new Trade Marks Directive (governing national trade marks across the EU) and the new Community Trade Mark Regulation (governing EU wide trade marks) in the EU Official Journal (L 341). These texts aim to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of business in the 21st Century. 

EU trademark reform: on your (trade)marks…get set…go!

Yesterday the European Parliament approved the biggest change in European trademark law in the last 20 years.  Comprising a new Trade Marks Directive (governing national trade marks across the EU) and a new Community Trade Mark Regulation (governing EU wide trade marks), it aims to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of

EU trade mark reform – almost finalised …

… but CTM owners should consider acting now on specifications. The final compromise texts of the amended EU trade mark Directive and Regulation, the basic legislation governing trade marks in the EU, have now been published by the Council of the European Union on its website. They are not yet law, although they are unlikely