TMview welcomes Japan

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) declared its accession to the TMview search tool as of 23 November 2015, as a result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with international partners.

Coming after the USA, Japan now covers the second largest data set in TMview with the collection of more than 3,6 million trade marks, bringing the total accessible trade marks in TMview and ASEAN TMview to more than 34,5 million in total.

TMview and ASEAN TMview provide opportunities for users to conduct free on-line trade mark availability searches in 51 participating offices from a central database available in at least one official language of each integrated office.



Switzerland becomes the 42nd participant to TMview

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property has declared its accession to the TMview search tool as of 26 October 2015, as a result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with international partners.

With the participation of Switzerland, the total number of trade marks in the database rises approximately to 28 million and the number of offices participating to TMview becomes 42.

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Gambia: The latest member of the Madrid Protocol

The Republic of Gambia becomes the 96th member of the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (known as the Madrid Protocol).

The applicants can designate the Republic of the Gambia as from 18 December 2015 in their international trade mark applications filed via the Madrid System, which allows obtaining trade mark protection in the member states by filing one single application in one language and by paying one set of fees.

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WIPO Intellectual Property Advantage database

The World Intellectual Property Organization IP Advantage database contains a wide range of case studies giving real examples on intellectual property protection (patents, trade marks, and industrial designs), management and exploitation. The database is an extensive source of information and best practices for Small and Medium-sized enterprises dealing with IP.  

You can access the database here.


OHIM's report on the economic cost of IPR infringement in sports equipment sector

A new study of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), shows that the sales lost due to counterfeiting of sports equipment – not including sportswear – correspond to 6.5% of all sales in this sector across the 28 EU Member States.

The study, released through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, entrusted to OHIM, also assesses the indirect effects of the counterfeit trade such as job losses.

Further information along with the full text of the report is available here.


European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (18)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This Bulletin issue firstly presents Intellectual Property as an economic value for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by introducing the IPR Business Insight. Reading this issue, you will also discover that companies which own intellectual property are more successful on the market and that different motives behind patenting exist depending on the size of the enterprise.

Thinking on the growing importance of the Internet as a business tool for SMEs, the Bulletin features an article on hyperlinking giving practical recommendations on how to avoid IPR infringement. Regarding the EU funded projects, this issue offers an interesting article on the applicability of the Horizon 2020 IP rules in Eurostars.

Furthermore, OHIM introduces the Harmonised Database and its advantages for trade mark applicants when building their list of goods and services.

As always, the issue reports information about training and events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a brand new trade mark crossword for those who enjoy challenges.

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OHIM’s European workshop roadshow

OHIM experts are on European roads to inform you about Office’s online services, classification tools and much more in 10 different destinations around the continent between September and December 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to put forward their questions, have first-hand information and advices on OHIM services in three hour workshops, co-organised with local partners.

Together with the on-site events, it will be possible for online users to follow five of the workshops through their computers.

Updated programmes in all destinations, details and registration information can be found here.

Celebrating one single treaty system for international registration of trade marks: Algeria joins the Madrid Protocol

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the last member of the Madrid System which was not a party to the Protocol, has acceded to the Madrid Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, by becoming the 95th signatory state.

With the signature of Algeria, all international registrations of trade marks will exclusively be governed by the Madrid Protocol, resulting simplification of filing and management processes of international registrations both for applicants and for the governing organization, WIPO.

The Madrid Protocol gives a trade mark owner the possibility to have his mark protected in several countries by simply filing one application, in one single office, in one language.

Applicants can designate Algeria as from 31 October 2015 in their international trade mark applications filed via the Madrid Protocol.

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The second set of OHIM’s updated Guidelines is now in force

The second half of the updated set of OHIM Guidelines on Community trade marks and Community designs, in force from 1 August 2015, is now accessible on the OHIM website in 5 languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). The Guidelines are available under a clean version and a track-changed version allowing users to clearly distinguish the implemented changes.  

The revision of the Guidelines is intended to increase consistency and predictability, driving users through the current Community trade mark and design system by reflecting the Office’s examination practices in the most frequent scenarios.

The OHIM also announced a webinar to be broadcasted live on 9 September 2015 to present the new version of the Guidelines. Further information about the webinar will be available in early September.

The updated set of Guidelines is available on the Current trade mark practice and the Current designs practice pages of the OHIM website.



The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and IP is launched

Ideas Powered, an initiative of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), has launched its website on, the first EU-wide interactive website on intellectual property for young people.

With animated and clear outlook, the website aims to create primary awareness on IP and IP counterfeiting issues for youngsters by providing them accurate information and by seeking young Europeans' active contribution with social media channels, blogs and even with competitions.

To access the press release of the OHIM on this news, please click here.