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21.07.2014 OHIM Trademarks Registration of Community trademark in European Union. IUSAUTHOR law office, Bulgaria IUSAUTHOR law office, Bulgaria

Registration of a Community trade mark in the 28 member states of the European Union through the so-called Community trademark (CTM) is adequate and urgent response and flexible legal techniques that are used by modern managers. Wanting to protect their product, not only in Bulgaria but also in the European market they should implement this particular way of protecting and positioning of a brand . "IUSAUTHOR" has long experience in advising of international clients who applied Community trademarks. What are their benefits?

Registration of a Community trade mark ( CTM ) . An important element concerning international trade is the option currently offered by European legislation with one single application request the inventors and managers in Bulgaria , Europe and other countries outside the European Union (EU ) to register a trademarks for the territory of the EU. This is achieved by applying the so-called application for a Community trademark (CTM). Community trademark has been associated with a system by which the trademark applicant may file a trademark application to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), which it is done on the one of official languages of OHIM, and after the mark has been registered, the trademark owner acquire rights in all countries of the European Union.
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market ( OHIM ) located in Alicante, Spain for the first time started to accept applications for a Community trademarks on January 1, 1996 . Community trademark ( CTM ) can be applied by European companies and physical persons. With certain limited restrictions , almost every US company and physical person has a right to file an application for a Community trademark . Such a right has a companies and persons which are not residents or establishment and commercially enterprised in the territory of the European Union, but they are represented in front of OHIM by professional representative as Mr.Atanas Kostov who has a right to represent as trademark attorney international clients in OHIM.

Official languages in which the Community trademark ( CTM ) can be filed are English , French, German, Italian and Spanish. Companies who have already registered their own trademark in one of the EU countries can claim a priority date of such registration , provided that the required protection is not wider than that provided by the earlier national registration. Given this priority , after the application for a Community trade mark be satisfied national registration may be dropped since the early national priority will be included in the registered Community trade mark ( CTM ) . Similarly, when a Community trade mark be objected to by different EU countries , the application may be converted into national registration in individual EU country , while retaining the priority date of the application for CTM .

OHIM examine does the application for a European trademark meets all required formal criteria and after that published it in the Official bulletin of Community trademarks. Three months after this procedure begins the opposition period. The so applied a Community trademark and occurred later registration may be opposed only by holders of earlier rights - applicants and holders of a right of priority and / or owners of the CTM and holders of earlier national rights in respect of identical or similar marks. If an internal review procedure of opposition resulted in the refusal of the trademark registration the applicant is entitled to appeal the decision to the Commission's Division of OHIM in Alicante .

"IUSAUTHOR" offers professional advice regarding the preparation of the necessary documents and filing of Community trademark .
 

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