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19 June 2019

2-Millionth EUTM application filed

On 5 June 2019, Crefoport s.r.o, based in Prague, filed an application to register a stylised form of CrefoPort as a European Union Trade Mark in three trade mark classes.

Crefoport’s application marked the two millionth application filed for a European Union Trade Mark since the first ever application to register a European Union Trade mark (originally named Community Trade Mark) was filed on 1 April 1996.

This 2-millionth application was filed on a fast-track basis and has already been published for opposition purposes.

In principle, trade mark protection needs to be applied for on a country-by-country basis.  One of the few exceptions to this principle is the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) registration which  gives its owner trade mark protection in all EU member states simultaneously. .

The UK government has confirmed that, in the event of the UK leaving the EU, the owner of each EUTM registered by the date of the UK’s departure will automatically receive a mirroring national UK trade mark registration of the same mark free of charge. If the UK leaves the EU, brand owners wishing to protect a new mark in both the UK and the remaining EU remember states will, from the effective date of the UK’s departure onwards, need to file applications for both an EUTM and a national UK trade mark registration.

Please contact our trade marks team at trademarks@vennershipley.co.uk if you would like help protecting any element of your branding as an EUTM or UK trade mark.

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