Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO)

This is to inform that on March 23, 2016, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) will officially change its name to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), as set out in the amending EU trade mark Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council).

In addition, as and from that date, one of the two unitary intellectual property rights they administer, the Community Trade Mark (CTM), will also officially change its name to the European Union trade mark (EUTM).

The Office will continue to be based in Alicante, Spain, its home since 1994, and its address, contact telephone numbers and systems for dealing with users, stakeholders, vendors, suppliers and the general public will not change.

Their website, e-business applications, fee calculators and online tools will be updated to reflect their new name as and from March 23. Their current web address, will automatically redirect to their new domain name, on and after March 23.

They are asking their users to be especially vigilant if they receive unsolicited mail requesting payment for trade mark and design services. The Office never sends users invoices or letters requesting direct payment for these types of services. However, some of their users report receiving invoices that contain logos and/or names which are very similar to the Office's current logo and/or name, and, in some cases, which are similar to the new name
of the Office. More information is available through their Misleading Invoices web page.

For more information, please consult the web section dedicated to the amending Regulation and the changes it will bring.