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12.04.2011 OHIM Trademarks CTM Conversions into national EU trademarks Intellektus Network LTD Intellektus Network LTD

Community Trademark (CTM) Conversion into national EU trademarks


A CTM - Community trademark – conversion is the process of turning an, usually refused, CTM into one or more national applications.

As the CTM registration procedure implies that the resulting trademark has to be identical in all the European Union countries, this means that in case of one refused producs or class in one country, the resulting trademark will exclude the said product or class for all the EU countries. This means that if each class for a CTM filing will be refused in different countries, the resulting CTM will be refused.

In this case the said CTM may be converted into national trademarks in any or all the member EU countries or new national trademarks may be filed nationally.

There are more advantages of CTM conversion, in comparison with new national trademark filings, some of which are:

1. Filing date, priority date and seniority are preserved in case of a CTM converted trademark. The national trade mark application/s resulting from the conversion of a Community trade mark application or a Community trade mark shall enjoy in the European Union states the date of filing or the date of priority of that application or trade mark. Also, where existing, the seniority date will be preserved, as well. The priority date will be the one of the CTM filing or CTM designation in case of an International Trademark registration (IRS).
2. The conversion cost is only €200 irrespectively of the number of countries indicated in the application so that it gives an important advantage in comparison to the possibility of filing of new national trademarks.
3. This is the best option in case of a problematic or refused CTM. The fact that you had a problem in one country shouldn’t stop you from protecting your trademark in the other countries or even in the same country by bringing some adjustments to your refused CTM trademark.

In case that you will be interested in a CTM conversion, it would be useful to know that each EU country has different converision procedure. Mainly they reffer to filing a special form or the translated CTM.

As there is a quite short deadline for filing a conversion request with OHIM and then selecting antional representatives who know the conversion procedure and would not overtax for such a service just because of the fact that this procedure does not occur very often, we are offering a service of CTM conversion in any stage of this procedure: filing the CTM conversion request with OHIM and management of the converted CTM in order to transform it in national trademarks.
We also tried to offer friendly subcontracting fees for patent attorneys, from EU and from outside EU. We put more info about CTM conversion here.




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