Community Trade Marks and Designs: Fresh up from Alicante

Some interesting stuff in today’s Alicante News from OHIM:
In the first year of the EC’s accession to the Madrid Protocol, it has been designated in more than 6,500 applications received by WIPO in Geneva. On the basis of the designations received at OHIM, the top 10 offices of origin are:
USA 658
Germany 637
Switzerland 589
Benelux 370
France 314
followed by Australia, UK, Italy, Japan and Austria in that order.

In that same period, OHIM received more than 1,800 international applications from CTM owners in Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Finland and Ireland.

There is also quite a good article on Community designs, “What is your design protected against?”


About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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