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EU trade marks (EUTMs) are governed by Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 (the EU Trade Mark Regulation) (which consolidates the amendments made to Regulation (EC) 207/2009 by Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 (the Amending Regulation)). The Amending Regulation came partly into force on 23 March 2016 but certain of its provisions (relating to the removal of the requirement for ‘graphical representation’ of trade marks, the introduction of a regime relating to certification marks, and certain amendments to procedural rules) came into force on 1 October 2017. Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1431 and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1430 also came into force on 1 October 2017. The Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1431 and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1430 were then repealed and replaced by the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/626 and the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/625 with effect from 14 May 2018. These replacement regulations are substantively the same as their predecessors but contain some stylistic changes and also cross-refer to Regulation (EU) 2017/1001. All references to the Implementing Regulation and the Delegated Regulation in this Practice Note mean the 2018 versions.
For more information about the legislation underpinning the EUTM regime, see Practice Note: UK and EU trade mark legislation.
For more information about the EUTM reforms, see News Analysis: New EU trade mark reforms, Practice Note: Trade marks tracker and the dedicated section on the EUIPO website.
For more information about EU certification
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