The Convergence Programme in focus

By OHIM

The Convergence Programme links OHIM with national offices and user associations in an effort to find common ground in areas where IP offices have different practices.

The Convergence Programme is one of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s (OHIM) largest undertakings within the framework of the European Trademark and Design Network, and its goals of harmonising practices throughout the European Union all focus firmly on users. The programme naturally complements the work carried out by OHIM’s Cooperation Fund. While the fund concentrates on developing IT tools and systems for EU national and regional offices – as well as for users – the Convergence Programme aims to harmonise practices across different offices in order to increase predictability and certainty for users at the national and EU levels. Like the fund, the programme relies on a spirit of collaboration and is designed to improve the European IP system for all users.

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