From 1 May 2009 the registration of a Community trade mark becomes cheaper. Basically this happens by setting the registration fee for an application at zero euros.
OHIM, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs), based in Alicante (Spain) has not only covered its costs, but has built up substantial cash reserves.
The time has come to adjust the fees to the real costs of OHIM. This will benefit businesses registering Community-wide trade marks.
The move has been brewing for a long time, but the official confirmation comes only today, in the form of Commission Regulation (EC) No 355/2009 of 31 March 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 2869/95 on the fees payable to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) and Regulation (EC) No 2868/95 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 on the Community trade mark, published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 30.4.2009 L 109/3.