With the new European Union trade mark regulation entering into force on 23 March 2016 there are substantial changes in official fee structures at the OHIM (soon to be the European Union Intellectual Property Office – EUIPO).
The official filing fees for a Community Trade Mark (soon to be the European Union Trade Mark – EUTM) will now be a “pay-per-class” system, as opposed to the basic fee automatically including the first three classes.
Whilst there is a small reduction in filing fees for those only wanting to secure protection in one class, there is now a significant increase if you still want protection in three classes. If filings claiming three classes are of interest it may be prudent to action these before 22 March 2016.
Please note that the OHIM’s e-filing system is closed on 22 March 2016 and so any applications instructed on this day will have to be fax-filed (official fee 1050 for first three classes).
There is also a much needed change in official fees for renewals of EUTMs. Renewal fees will now mirror the filing fees “pay-per-class” system and this means a substantial reduction in fees for all.
Any EUTM owners with the expiry date of their registration falling on or after 23 March will benefit from the new fee structure, irrespective of when the fees are paid. If you have any queries about how these changes, or any of the EU trade mark reforms, may affect your EUTMs, please contact your usual Boult Wade Tennant advisor.