From fees to the future

By Trevor Little

World Trademark Review presents its annual focus on the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, polling users to gauge sentiment on its performance, assessing the impact of upcoming legislative changes and presenting updates direct from Alicante.

When World Trademark Review last published its annual Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) focus, the European Commission’s plans for amending the Community Trademark (CTM) Regulation (207/2009), recasting the Trademarks Directive and overhauling the filing fees regime had only recently been circulated. One year on, the legislative package remains the subject of political lobbying and discussion. While its passage temporarily hit the buffers when agreement was not secured prior to the European parliamentary elections in May, on July 23 the Permanent Representatives Committee gave the green light for formal discussions to progress – making it likely that the legislative package will pass during the current parliamentary term.

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