The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM, the European trademark office) reports that in the first week of implementation, 21.5% of new Community Trademark (CTM) Applications were filed using the new “Fast Track” examination system. As discussed here in an earlier post, the newly-introduced Fast Track system offers an accelerated, streamlined examination process for CTM applications that can take less than half the prosecution time of a regular CTM application. While the filing requirements for Fast Track CTM applications are stricter than those for regular CTM applications, more than one in five new applicants (443 out of 2,073) are availing themselves of the Fast Track process. For the OHIM announcement and more details about the Fast Track system, click here.
Reposted from OHIM.