As of 23 March 2016, the office will no longer be called OHIM but rather European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Also, the Community Trademarks will then become European Union trade marks. The Regulation (EU) No 2015/2424 will also lead to other changes that I will cover in a future video.
The office is based in beautiful Alicante in Spain and is headed by António Campinos. It was formed in 1994 to allow for the administration of EU wide trademarks and designs.
Since then, Community Trademarks, or short CTMs, have become very popular and national trademark filings in some EU countries have decreased over the last decades.
Besides the registration of trademarks and designs, the Office is providing some very useful additional services:
TMView is a database, where you can search for identical and similar trademarks in many countries, including all EU countries, Japan, the US, China, and Switzerland. TMview is basically a global trade mark search tool that provides first hand data about trade marks from the participating intellectual property offices. Access to over 20 million trade marks online. Available for free at
I also offer a tutorial on how to use this database at
DesignView is a database, where you can search for designs in many countries, including all EU countries, Korea, the US, and China.
TMClass is a database, where you can search for accepted terms of goods and services in many countries as well as the harmonized database of EU countries. The database also hosts a subset of terms TM5 that are accepted by the 5 major trademark offices in the World.
The OHIM is also hosting the EU Observatory, which is dedicated to the enforcement of intellectual property rights, the fight against counterfeit goods as well as the education of the public.
Another really helpful event that is hosted by the OHIM is European judges' symposium every two years. Judges from Member States and candidate countries attend these Symposia along with representatives from the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance. Working sessions focus on absolute and relative grounds for refusing registration of a Community trade mark, proceedings brought before the Community trade mark courts and the impact of EU enlargement on the Community trade mark system.
Also, check out their YouTube channel OAMITubes.
Links to all resources are provided in the shownotes below this video.
About Rolf Claessen
Rolf is partner of IP boutique law firm Freischem. The firm is managing about 4500 trademarks and 6500 patents and patent applications for mostly domestic medium sized clients in Germany in many technical fields.
The focus of his practice is the prosecution of trademarks and patents and other intellectual property rights. His expertise in patent prosecution encompasses a deep understanding of patent law, prior art searches, prosecuting patent applications, patent drafting, opposition and defending against competitors. With the team at Freischem, he strives to be the external IP department for many medium sized companies.
Rolf has been included in the Patent 1000 rankings of the IAM magazine ever since 2013. And he is included in the WTR1000 ranking in 2015.
He is a prolific writer mostly writing for law journals such as GRUR or IP Rechtsberater. He is host of his two podcasts Markenpod and IP Fridays.
Rolf is also volunteering his time in the worldwide volunteer organization Junior Chamber International (JCI), where he served as executive congress director for the JCI World Congress 2014 in Germany.
He enjoys spending at least the weekends with his three kids and his wife. Rolf wishes to have more time for hobbies like sailing.
Contact Rolf at
Dr. Rolf Claessen
Patent Attorneys Freischem
Salierring 47 - 53 (12th floor)
Telephone: +49 (221) 270 5770
Facsimile: +49 (221) 27057710
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