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OHIM Fee Reductions

OHIM Fee Reductions

27/10/08

Charlie McCreevy, the European Union's internal market Commissioner has announced that he intends to reduce Community trade mark application and registration fees by up to 40%.  The announcement follows an agreement with some of the national offices of the member states of the EU, who feared that the proposed fee reduction would result in a fall of the number of national applications.  The agreement reportedly involves a percentage of the resulting renewal fees being forwarded to national offices for the purpose of 'promoting and protecting trade marks'.  Further details of the agreement have yet to be announced.