ITMA president welcomes 'overdue' EU trade mark reforms23 June 2015
Following several years of discussions and debate in the European Union about reform to the EU trade mark system the provisional agreement on the reform package has been published.
The proposals will go before the European Parliament later this year and will come into effect in the second quarter of 2016.
President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Chris McLeod (pictured) has responded to the proposal. He said: "We welcome the proposed reforms to the EU trade mark system. These reforms are well overdue and will help pave the way for further harmonisation of trade mark law and practice across all EU and EEA member states.
"The new framework will enhance the protection of trade marks and streamline the registration process, as well making it easier for brand owners to take action against counterfeit goods in transit."