Community TM Fee Reduction
Posted in Community Trade Marks May 4, 2009
A substantial reduction in the total official fees payable for Community trade mark applications came into effect from 1 May 2009 .
Before this fee reduction, the basic filing fee for a Community trade mark application in up to three classes was €750 when the application was filed electronically. It was also necessary to pay a registration fee of €850 if and when the application was accepted. However, on 1 May 2009 , the official fee for filing a new application in up to three classes was increased to €900, but the registration fee was removed.
Accordingly, although up front costs are now slightly higher, the total cost of obtaining a Community trade mark registration has fallen significantly. As the cost difference between obtaining a UK trade mark registration and a Community trade mark registration has narrowed, it is anticipated that more UK based trade mark applications will elect to file Community trade mark applications which provide protection throughout the EU.