In 2009, a review of the European trade mark system was launched. In 2013, the Commission made proposals to reform the Directive 2008/95/EC approximating the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks and the Council Regulation 207/2009/EC on the Community trade mark (the overall reform is identified as “trade mark reform package”). In June, the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council (“trilogue discussions”) reached a political agreement on the trade mark reform package. The final vote of the European Parliament in plenary session should take place in September 2015.
With respect to the impact of the trade mark reform package on GIs (in particular the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Council Regulation 207/2009/EC on the Community Trade Mark), click here to see the oriGIn paper