We are pleased to report that upcoming fee changes for applying and registering European Community trade marks will make it much more economical to obtain trade mark protection in the European Community.

The fee reduction, which changes the filing fee, and eliminates the registration fee, entirely, is expected to result in a savings of forty per cent and will take effect May 1, 2009. All CTM applications filed before May 1, 2009 will benefit from the lower filing fee and no registration fee.

A CTM trade mark registration provides protection in the following countries: Austria, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania. Thus, with one registration, very broad geographical rights can be secured.

We recommend that you give consideration to expanding your trade mark rights by filing CTM applications for any marks not already registered. You should also consider CTM applications for translations of marks in other languages spoken in the European Community.