European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (20)

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

Does your business have know-how, inventions or brands? Then you have intangible assets that can be brought to the market to create new revenues and increase profits.

This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to IP Commercialisation comprising the different available mechanisms to realise economic values from Intellectual Property (IP).

Particular attention is given to licensing as the most common IP commercialisation tool presenting specificities depending on the Intellectual Property involved.

An insight on licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is offered by an article of Mr Matteo Sabattini and Ms Alessandra Mosca from Sisvel.

Read our interviews to discover the point of view of European SMEs on IP management and commercialisation.

As always, the Bulletin reports information about past IPR events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a new IP commercialisation crossword.

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eSearch Case Law: publication of the list of keywords and online training

eSearch Case Law is a tool developed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) allowing users to search for decisions and judgments of the General Court, the Court of Justice and the National Courts.

eSearch Case Law now offers a complete list of keywords with explanations which you can find on the EUIPO's website. The keywords are used as tools to perform advanced searches in eSearch Case Law. For instance, a user can limit/refine a search by using the keywords ‘Proof of use’ and ‘Well-known facts need no evidence’; these keywords will help the user to restrict the search to about a dozen case laws.

If you want to familiarise yourself with this tool, don’t miss the EUIPO online eSearch Case Law training. This certified course consists of an online tutorial of less than 15 minutes and a quiz.

The training is accessible at the following link.


Albania and Georgia have joined TMclass

As of 30 May 2016, the Albanian General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks (GDPT) and the Georgian National Intellectual Property Center (SAKPATENTI) join TMclass.

These latest additions bring the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, in the tool to 62.

TMclass is an online tool based on the Nice Classification system helping users to correctly classify goods and services when filing a trade mark. Users can search for terms in any of the 42 languages available and verify lists of terms to check if they are acceptable to any of the participating IP offices. The tool also translates equivalent goods and services terms into all available languages.

TMclass is accessible here.


Statistics on European Union trade mark applications

89420 applications for trade mark protection were received in 2015 by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) from the Member States of the European Union (EU).

This information issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day, demonstrates that over recent years, the number of European Union trade mark (EUTM) applications originating from EU Member States has constantly risen. This data confirms the success of the European Union trade mark as a tool for businesses to obtain protection in the 28 Member States with one single trade mark registration.

Further information on the European Union trade mark is available on the EUIPO website.

The full text of the Eurostat press release is available in English, French and German at the following link.


Revised version of the EUIPO trade mark guidelines are published

The revised version of the Guidelines on current trade mark practice, updated to align the new EU trade mark Regulation, has been published by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
The texts can be accessed in the five working languages of the Office (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian) through either clean or track-changed versions.
Please click here to access the entire set of Guidelines on the EUIPO’s current trade mark practice pages.

Information notice of DG Growth on the new EU trade mark reform

The European Commission’s General Directorate of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth) has published a summary of information for the EU trade mark reform that took effect as of last March 23rd, 2016.
Some main effects of the reform can be summarised as follows:
the Community trade marks are now named as European Union trade marks,
the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) changes its name to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO),
reduced costs up to 37%, especially in renewal fees, 
the trade mark owners can seize counterfeit goods transiting through the EU,
more harmonisation on the rules for designation of goods and services,
easiness in registration of special signs that cannot be represented graphically (such as sounds) 
The new rules are expected to improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits by lowering the costs, increasing the speed and reducing the complexity in trade mark proceedings.
Please click here to view the information from DG Growth relating to the new EU trade mark reform.
To have more information about these and other changes in effect as from March 23rd, please consult the EUIPO web pages here.

The start of a new term: European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

This March 23rd is not only the date when the new EU Trade Mark Directive comes into force, but it is also the date for the start of a new term for the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

As of tomorrow, the OHIM changes its name to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), while the Community trade marks become the European Union trade marks.

In order to implement these changes, the OHIM offices are closed and the OHIM website and on-line tools are off-line on 22nd March 2016.

Starting from 23 March 2016 at 00:01, the new web page of EUIPO welcomes you at



Watch the new EUIPO video here.


OHIM publishes its 2016 Work programme

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has revealed its 2016 Work programme, where the activities to be undertaken by the Office are outlined. 
The first part of the programme describes the activities that the Office will engage in under the Strategic Plan in 2016 including the activities related to both internal and external audits as well as data protection. The second part contains the forecast for volumes of trade mark and design applications as well as for other types of filings, such as oppositions and appeals. 
Please click here to read the full Work programme. 

Intellectual Property made easy

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

The animations are available at the following link.

OHIM’s communication concerning the use of Nice classification headings for EU trade marks

The president of OHIM has announced that the proprietors of Community trade marks (to be named as EU trade marks, or EUTM) applied before 22 June 2012 and registered in respect of the entire heading of a Nice class, may declare that their intention on the date of filing had been to seek protection in respect of goods and services beyond those covered by the literal meaning of that heading.

Declarations must be submitted to the Office within the transitional period between 23 March 2016 and 24 September 2016 inclusive. From the end of the transitional period, all trade marks containing class headings will be interpreted according to their literal meaning regardless of their filing date.

For more information and having access to the full official communication of OHIM, please click here.