EU TRADEMARK LEGISLATION
Regulation (EU) 2017/1001, to come into force on 1 October 2017, is a codified version of the European Union Trademark regulation that includes the changes introduced last year as part of the “European Union trademark reform package”.
Regulation (EU) 2015/2424, which entered into force on 23 March 2016, introduced several changes to the (EC) Trademark Regulation No. 207/2009 that were part of the “European Union trademark reform package”.
However, not all of those changes were immediately applicable: some of them will only apply as from 1 October 2017, owing also to the need for additional implementing rules.
The new European Union Trademark regulation is therefore a codified version, including all the amendments brought by Regulation (EU) 2015/2424, either already in force or entering into force on 1 October 2017.
Changes include the removal of the graphic representation requirements for EU trademark applications and the introduction of certification marks as well as of a number of procedural rules, either new or amended.
Published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 16 June 2017, the new Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 on the Trademark of the European Union therefore replaces Regulation (EC) 207/2009 and will be applicable in its entirety as from 1 October 2017.
Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 apparently does not provide for transitional arrangements.
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