Budapest
29 June 2017
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

EUIPO goes for growth


The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is expecting trademark applications to surpass 2016’s tally by almost 5 percent.

José Izquierdo, deputy director of international cooperation at the EUIPO, reported that design applications reached 29,000, trademarks 35,000 and oppositions 4,500 in the first three months of 2017.

Based on these figures, the EUIPO is expecting 141,000 EU trademarks to be filed this year, representing projected growth of 4.6 percent over 2016.

In 2016, the EUIPO received more than 135,000 EU trademark applications, which is a 25 percent increase over 2012.

Izquierdo conceded that the EUIPO’s current projection is lower than expected. He said: “All growth has been lower than expected, but there is still growth.”

A representative of the World IP Organization (WIPO) followed up with an update on how WIPO is working to overcome users’ problems with the Madrid trademark system.

The most reported irregularity of 2016 concerned the classification of goods and services, specifically the acceptable format for listing them.

WIPO has developed classification guidelines that it hopes Madrid member states will adopt and endorse, to end disparities in procedures for listing goods and services in an international trademark application.

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