Thursday, 12 February 2009

The Community trade mark: New EU Council Regulation - updated

The Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 of 20 December 1993 on the European Community trade mark, which has been several time amended, will be replaced by a new codified version.

The text of the new regulation (Update: here the second revised version) has been issued by the Council, but it seems to me as if it has not been published yet. Nevertheless, it was on the agenda of yesterdays COREPER meeting (AP 10) as a legislative act, so it should be formally adopted by now.

Interesting: The European Parliament has already approved this codified version in June 2007, but it seems that is has taken another 1 1/2 years until the Council has come to an agreement.

Responsible for the registration of trade marks is the European Union agency called The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM).