The European Parliament finally adopted the reform regarding the protection of Community trademarks. Some of the most important changes to the Directive on trademarks in the EU (CTMR) are:
– Changes concerning the interpretation of the Class Headings of goods and services listed in the application for trademarks;
– Reduction of fees for registration of EU marks;
– The initial fee will now cover only one class of goods and services, each subsequent will cost additional fees;
– Goods in transit through EU territory could be seized by the customs authorities even if they are not intended for EU but for third countries, as long as there are grounds for infringement of rights to trademarks used on the goods.
– Community trademarks will be called European trademarks (in this blog we have called them by this way for many years, so that become reality at the end);
– OHIM will changed its name to the “European Union Intellectual Property Office” – EUIPO.