Details Trademark Renewal Community Trademark
This service includes
- upfront review of the application to determine whether it complies with all applicable rules and statutes
- complete the renewal form and send it to the OHIM
- general correspondence with the OHIM
- check and forward the renewal receipt
- check payment of fees
- check terms of filing
Renewing a CTM
A registered Community Trade Mark is valid for ten years from the date of filing of the application. It can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten years.
- No later than six months before the expiry of the registration OHIM will inform the proprietor, their representative or any other registered right holder(s), in writing, that the registration will be due for renewal.
- A request for renewal must be submitted and the renewal fee must be paid within a period of six months before the expiry date and may be submitted until the last day of the month in which protection ends.
- If no request has been filed in time, late renewal is still possible within an additional period of six months. The late request for renewal must be submitted and the renewal fee plus a 25% surcharge must be paid within this grace period which starts from the last date of the month in which the trade mark was due for renewal.
- If no request for renewal is submitted, or is submitted after expiry of the grace period, OHIM will inform the CTM proprietor in writing that the CTM has been cancelled and removed from the Register, and a notice will be published in the CTM Bulletin.
Should the CTM owner not agree with the cancellation of the CTM and removal from the Register due to non-renewal, it still has the possibility to request OHIM to issue a decision on the matter.
Conversion or renewal?
If you choose not to renew your CTM but would like to maintain your rights in certain Member States, you can file an application for conversion. This request must be filed within three months from the end of the additional period for renewal.
OHIM will issue an official written communication of renewal to the CTM proprietor or its representative a few days after the actual expiration date of the CTM. The renewal will take effect from the day following the date on which the existing registration expires. The CTM Register will be updated and a notice will be published in the CTM Bulletin.
Partial renewal of a CTM
If you are filing a renewal you can indicate if you wish to renew the entire CTM or just partially renew the CTM by choosing to remove some classes.
Amendments to the goods and services
As part of the renewal request you can not only remove classes but also amend the list of goods and services. However, the amendments will be subject to examination and will only be accepted if they serve to restrict the scope of the goods and services. Amendments to the goods and services can only be applied for using the paper form.