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Following several years of discussion on proposed reforms to trade mark law in the EU, a new Trade Mark Regulation comes into force in the EU today, 23 March 2016. The reforms also impact on the laws of EU Member States, who have three years to implement a new Trade Mark Directive into their national laws.
From today, the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) will be known as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Community Trade Marks (CTMs) will be known as European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs) and various other changes come into effect.
Under the new rules, trade mark proprietors are being given a one off opportunity until 23 September 2016 to address issues arising from the adoption of class headings.
To find out more about the recent changes and how they affect you, click here.