EU trade mark reform – action to take now

There are some important upcoming changes to Community Trade Mark law and practice due to come into force on 23 March 2016. This is in addition to the change of the branding of the CTM itself: OHIM will change its name to the EU Trade Marks Office, and the CTM will become the EUTM.

As ever, there will be benefits to brand owners in proactively considering ahead of time the potential consequences of the changes. Among these are the impact of changes to the rules relating to the scope of specifications for CTMs/EUTMs (our earlier note on the importance of careful specification drafting can be seen here).

Our EU team has put together a bulletin with more information and a summary of the key steps to take now, which you can see here.