December 2013: The AIM Trade Mark Committee remains mainly supportive of the proposals for the draft Trade Mark Package as put forward by the Commission in March, which should help brand owners to have access to streamlined and effective trade mark administration procedures throughout the EU. They also include vital improvements regarding the detention of counterfeit goods in transit. We do, however, have suggestions for improvements and some concerns, notably about the financial governance of the European trade mark system, including the importance of fees being commensurate with services provided and the treatment of the surplus that has built up from trade mark applicants owners.
Our initial comments on this package were submitted in May: The full wording of AIM's comments is available: here.
Leading the dossier for the European Parliament is its Legal (or “JURI”) Committee which appointed Cecilia Wikström as the rapporteur. Her draft reports were published in July; we submitted our views on those drafts in September: (see below)
Since then further amendments have been put forward not only from the JURI Committee but also from the Parliament’s Internal Market and International Trade Committees. The draft reports, including the proposed amendments, are due to be voted upon by the JURI Committee on 17th December. AIM’s suggested voting list is here.
Please also refer to our detailed paper on the transit issue.