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A Record Year for EUTM Applications -EUIPO

21-Feb-2022 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 1945
ALICANTE - In 2021, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) hit many milestones. Despite the difficulties faced, the Office continued to march forward. Thanks to our innovation, and willingness to find new ways to conduct business, we were able to further support the Commissions European Recovery Plan, thanks in no small part to the 2021 Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund, which saw almost 13 000 SMEs reach out for support, according to the official website of the EUIPO.

However, 2021 also saw a record number of EUTM applications at the EUIPO, with almost 200 000 applications received. To put this into context, it took almost 15 years for the office to reach 100 000 applications received in a single year. This phenomenal increase in applications tells us a number of things. It tells us that the desire for an EUTM has never been stronger, that IP in Europe is flourishing and that faith in the IP system, continues to grow.

It also shows us that the digital world is truly the dominant element when filing an EUTM application, with 99.96% of applications submitted via our e-filing portal. And let’s not forget Designs, which saw almost 116 000 designs submitted, 98.90% being submitted online.

With an ever-expanding suite of easy to use e-tools being developed here at the EUIPO, that trend is set to grow exponentially in years to come.
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