European Union Intellectual Property Office ("EUIPO")

4 April 2017

The European Union Intellectual Property Office ("EUIPO") is the European Union trade marks and Community design registry. It was known as the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and  Designs) ("OHIM") until 23 March 2016.  It considers applications for, and grants, European Union trade marks ("EUTM") and registered Community designs ("RCD").

The EUIPO was established by Council Regulation No 40/94 of 20 December 1993 on the Community trade mark. Its responsibilities were extended to cover Community design registration by Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002of 12 December 2001on Community designs.

Like other intellectual property offices, the EUIPO performs executive and judicial functions. The examination of applications for EUTM is undertaken by examiners. Opposition divisions deal with oppositions to the registration of EUTM. Cancellation divisions deal with applications for the revocation and declarations of invalidity in respect of registered marks. Invalidity divisions deal with applications for invalidity of RCD. Appeals from examiners or the from decisions of the opposition, cancellation or invalidity divisions lie to Boards of Appeal. Decisions of the Boards of Appeal can be challenged in the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Jane Lambert

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