Back on 23 March 2016, the first round of reforms to the Community Trade Mark regime was implemented. Amongst other changes, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) became the ‘European Union Intellectual Property Office’ (EUIPO) and the Community Trade Mark (CTM) was renamed the ‘European Union Trade Mark’ (EUTM). These changes were introduced by the “Amending Regulation” which amended the Community Trade Mark Regulation (now known as the European Union Trade Mark Regulation or ‘EUTMR’). For more information on these changes, please see our blog post here.
Not all the provisions of the Amending Regulation came into force last year. The remaining provisions came into force on 1 October 2017, together with the “Implementing Regulation” and the “Delegated Regulation”. Collectively, these Regulations introduce a second round of reforms to the EU trade mark regime. Some of the key reforms are described below.