OHIM is changing its examination workflow to increase efficiency by examining only trademark applications with fees paid.
Coinciding with this change, users of the OHIM system will have the option to file their trademarks with a new “Fast Track” procedure starting on 24 November 2014.
The advantages of the Fast Track:
- Fast Track applications will be published from 4 to 6 weeks or less from the date they are paid, which is half the time as compared to regular applications, and
- Applications save 2 months time from filing to registration.
Regular applications are published from 8 to 11 weeks from payment of the official fees.
Users can choose the Fast Track option for free, but there are some conditions that must be met:
- Users have to select their goods and services from the OHMI’s harmonised database, which contains pre-validated and pre-translated terms, and
- Fees have to be paid at the end of the application process or immediately after submission.
This means that applicants can have a fully registered CTM trademark within 5-6 months.
Where a custom list of goods is required to achieve most coverage, to ensure protection, and to avoid conflicts with other trademarks, the regular paced proceeding is the best option for that purpose.
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