The second wave: upcoming changes to European practice

By The EU Intellectual Property Office

The second swathe of amendments stemming from the European trademark reform package becomes a reality this October. For users, this means taking account of several important changes

A second round of reforms to the EU trademark system is due to take effect on October 1 2017. This follows on from March 23 2016 when the Regulation Amending the Community Trademark Regulation (2015/2424) entered into force, bringing with it a wave of immediate changes – from revising the fee structure to renaming the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market as the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). However, the regulation also contains several provisions which had to be developed by secondary legislation (the Implementing Regulation and the Delegated Regulation, which repeal Regulations 2868/95 and 216/96).

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