The CTM system creates a unified trademark registration system in Europe, whereby one registration provides protection in all 28 member states of the EU. The CTM system is unitary in character. Thus, an objection against a CTM application in any member state can defeat the entire application, a CTM registration is enforceable in all member states.
The CTM system is administered by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM), which is located in Alicante, Spain (see also trade mark law of the European Union).
The Community trademark gives its proprietor a uniform right applicable in all 28 Member States of the European Union on the strength of a single procedure which simplifies trademark policies at European level. It fulfils the three essential functions of a trademark at European level: it identifies the origin of goods and services, guarantees consistent quality through evidence of the company's commitment to the consumer, and is a form of communication, a basis for publicity and advertising.
The Community trademark may be used as a manufacturer's mark, a mark for goods of a trading company, or service mark. It may also take the form of a collective trade mark: properly applied, the regulation governing the use of the collective trade mark guarantees the origin, the nature and the quality of goods and services by making them distinguishable, which is beneficial to members of the association or body owning the trade mark.
The Community trademark covers a market of more than 350 million consumers who enjoy some of the highest living standards in the world. The Community trademark is obtained by registration in the Register kept by the Harmonization Office. When registered, transferred or allowed to lapse, the effect of such action is EU-wide. It is valid for a period of 10 years and may be renewed indefinitely. The rules of law applicable to it are similar to those applied to national trade marks by the Member States. Companies will therefore find themselves in a familiar environment, just on a larger scale.
Another advantage are the fees. The initial cost of filing an application to register a CTM is much less than filing separate national applications in all EU member states (which currently number 28). For filing purposes, the economic advantage of using the CTM system increases according to the number of member states where a trademark owner uses or proposes to use its mark. If a trademark owner will only sell products or deliver services in fewer than three or four member states, consideration should be given to seeking registration in these countries rather than applying for a CTM.
Official languages concerning filing of the Community trademark (CTM) are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. OHIM examine the application for a Community trademark – CTM concerning all required formal criteria and after that published this application in Official bulletin of community trade marks. After this period any third part can apply so called opposition (objection).
The cost for registration of a Community trade mark (CTM) offered by IUSAUTHOR law office is 2150 euro. That price covers all fees and administrative expenses without hidden costs. Our law office works with clients all over the globe and we offer fast and professional service for registration of CTM.