European Trademark ( CTM ) – the progress of the reform

European Trademark ( CTM ) – the progress of the reform On 10 June 2015, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a compromise agreement on the reform of the European trade mark system. The reform of the current system will improve the conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits,…


Community trade mark applications will now only be examined after they are paid for

On the 27th of October the OHIM announced that from November 24, OHIM will only examine trademark applications and process any mail related to them after they are paid for. According to OHIM 4% of the Community trademark applications they receive are examined but not paid for – and this figure is increasing. By linking…


The lack of evidence for earlier use a trademark – grounds for rejecting an opposition before OHIM

IP Consulting once again successfully defended a client at OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market). OHIM rejected the opposition filed against the registration of Community trademark “COLEY” (word), represented by the team of IP Consulting and the trademark will be registered successfully. Having examined the opposition filed by D.E Coffee & Tea Southern…


OHIM reported application activity of Bulgaria in connection with Community trademarks

In the last review of OHIM for the activity of the member states of EU regarding the Community trademarks, information about Bulgaria was published. It is mentioned that the first Community trademarks that are registered by Bulgarian applicants were made back in 1998. The total number of applications for trademarks from Bulgaria is 667, having…