01 | 07 | 2013
The Office in the TMview System – Croatian Trademarks in the Common Database of Trademarks of the European Union and Other Countries
On 1 July 2013, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) is to join the TMview system, as a tool and a database for searching trademarks registered with the trademark offices of the European Union and other offices participating in the system. Thus, from 1 July, the possibility of searching trademarks registered with SIPO will also be available. By the inclusion of SIPO, as the Croatian national office for trademarks, in the TMview system together with other three offices, the total number of national offices from the European Union participating in this project will rise to 25, and the total number of offices participating in the project will rise to 29. Apart from the possibility of searching the trademarks registered with the offices of the Member States of the European Union, participating in the project, the mentioned free of charge database will provide the possibility of searching trademarks registered with the OHIM (or the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs) of the European Union, registering Community trademarks (CTM) and with WIPO (or the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, administering the international registration of trademarks), and from 1 July, also trademarks registered with the trademark offices of Norway and Mexico.
The database constituting TMview became operational for the first time on 13 April 2010 and since then 4 million searches in that database have been carried out from more than 196 different states. On 1 July, the integration of almost all the offices of the Member States of the European Union will be achieved, including the Republic of Croatia, as the newest Member State, and providing the possibility of searching trademarks registered in almost the whole territory of the European Union. The new enlargement of the TMview system will provide access to a database containing more than 11 million registered trademarks. All the above mentioned, makes the TMview database one of the most important trademark search tools as available to the users. The importance of the database will continue to grow with the inclusion of the offices of the states that are not the Member States of the European Union.
For more information obout TMview please visit: www.tmview.europa.eu.