The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has released its latest issue of the “Alicante News”. The Alicante News provides up-to-date information on EUIPO-related matters, as well as on other general IP issues, to the users of the European Union trade mark and Community design registration systems.
The September issue has its main focus on the new European Cooperation at EUIPO. On September 12-15, over 100 experts from EU Intellectual property offices and user associations met to begin work on the European Cooperation Projects in EUIPO’s headquarters in Alicante.
These projects build on the success of the Cooperation Fund and the Convergence Programme. The Cooperation Fund was created in 2009 to enhance the user experience, support the provision of information and common tools, and provide better platforms for enforcement of IP rights.
Over time, joint teams of experts from the private and public sector succeeded in building 20 separate specialised projects, from search engines like DesignView to trade mark and design e-filing for national and regional EU IP offices. No less than 12 separate back offices were also built, and are expected to lead to significant gains in service provision to users by European Intellectual Property Offices.
Increase in Community Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs
In the last 12 months there was a significant increase in CTM and RCD. To get an overview please see this infographic:
About Alicante News
ALICANTE NEWS is edited by EUIPO and published on the first working day of every month. The aim is to provide up-to-date information on EUIPO-related matters, as well as on other general IP issues, to the users of the European Union trade mark and design registration systems.
The EUTM and RCD sections publish articles produced by EUIPO’s Knowledge Circles and analyse the latest issues relating to trade mark and design case law. The Case Law section gives a monthly rundown of cases brought before the Courts in Luxembourg and the Boards of Appeal.