Looking ahead: the EU certification mark and what it means for rights holders

By Richard Dissmann and Sarah Somboonvong

October 2017 will see the introduction of EU certification marks. The launch of this new right will require careful planning and will have a significant impact on existing trademark practice

The new EU Trademark Regulation (2015/2424) – which introduces the new EU certification mark – has now entered into force, with provisions covering EU certification marks due to apply from October 1 2017. This article provides an overview of the role of certification marks and similar signs, as well as Articles 74a and following of the regulation.

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