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EU trade mark law reform

11 September 2015

The European Council has now published final versions of a new package of reforms to trade mark law in the EU. The reforms comprise revisions to the Community Trade Mark Regulation (“CTMR”) which has been renamed as the European Union Trade Mark Regulation (“EUTMR”), and a new Trade Mark Directive (“TMD”) which must be implemented into the law of all EU Member States.

The main objective of this overhaul of EU trade mark law is "to foster innovation and economic growth by making trade mark registration systems all over the EU more accessible and efficient for businesses in terms of lower costs and complexity, increased speed, greater predictability and legal security".

This article discusses changes to the existing Community Trade Mark Regulation and Trade Mark Directive which are likely to be of most interest to brand owners.

Please click here to read full article (PDF)