Study on the overall functioning of the European Trade Mark System
The purpose of this Study is to provide the Commission with an in-depth assessment of the overall functioning of the trade mark system in Europe as a whole including both at the Community and at the national level. The aim is to analyse current performances and to identify potential areas for improvement, streamlining and future development of this overall system to the benefit of users and the society as a whole. In this context, the Study also seeks to establish the potential for an enhanced cooperation between the OHIM and the national offices and to look into how best to implement the... distribution of a proportion of the renewal fees paid for Community trade marks to the Member States in view of the services rendered by the Member States and their trade mark offices. The results of the Study should enable the Commission to propose amendments in the relevant legislation, involving not only the CTMR but also the TMD.