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.

Click here for further information.


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.

The latest member for TMview: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The National IP Office of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (SOIP), has declared its accession to the TMview search tool, as a result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners.

SOIP’s accession brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 40 and increases the number of trademarks in TMview database to 26 million with the addition of almost 30,000 trade marks from FYROM.

You can found out more on here.


1,25 Millionth International Trade Mark Registration under WIPO’s Madrid System

For the past years, the Madrid System for International Protection of Trade Marks has evolved to one of the most functional business strategy tools and became a one-stop solution for trade mark holders to obtain and maintain protection in multiple markets, reaching to 111 territories in 95 countries. This coverage represents 80% of world trade and provides the applicants to file one application in one language by paying one set of fees to protect their trade marks within these states.

Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the system has now reached another milestone with its 1,25 millionth registration coming from an Indian consumer electronics company.

Please click here to see the full story.


The OHIM payment platform is now available in 23 EU languages

The OHIM payment platform, initially only available in the five Office languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish), is now ready for use in the remaining 18 languages of the European Union.

The full multilingual spectrum means that the system recognises and automatically redirects users to the payment screen in the language set by their browser.

Further information is available on the OHIM website.


New and improved online trademark filing system from Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) is on live

Thanks to the cooperation with the European Trademark and Design Network (European TMDN), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) puts into its new on-line trademark filing service on live for the applicants. With this on-line tool, applicants can file their trademark applications through a user-friendly interface and make their online payments in a secure environment and immediately get their confirmations with an e-mail showing their application numbers and payment details.

To get more information about BOIP's new on-line trademark filing system, please click here.


Serbia joins TMview

Due to the efforts of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its European partners, as of 6 July 2015, the Serbian Intellectual Property Office (IPORS) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool.

This latest extension brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 39 and with the addition of almost 46,000 trade marks from Serbia, TMview now provides information and access to more than 27.8 million trade marks in total.

Further information is available here.



Poland implements Back Office

The Polish Patent Office (PPO) has gone live with the Back Office for trade marks and designs developed by the OHIM’s Cooperation Fund.

The Back Office is a workflow-based system supporting the management of the entire trademarks and designs lifecycle by National Intellectual Property Offices, including Registration; Opposition/Cancellation/Invalidity; Recordals; Appeals; International Registration; International Application (trade marks only). It also streamlines the working process, thus enabling National Offices to enhance end-user experience in terms of predictability and transparency.

The PPO is the first IP Office to go live with the whole functionality provided by the tool.

Further information is available here.