On 22 July 2009 the European Commission published an Invitation to tender for a Study on the Overall Functioning of the Trade Mark System in Europe. In October 2009 the European Commission awarded the contract for the Study to the Max Planck Institute.
The Final Report of the Study was published in March 2011. Part II of the Study contains a fact-finding part based on
- Statements from the following trade mark user associations: AIM, AIPPI Belgium, APRAM, BUSINESSEUROPE, CNIPA, COAPI, ECTA, EFPIA, FICPI, GRUR, ICC, INTA, IP FEDERATION, ITMA, LESI, MARQUES, ORIGEN ESPANA, UNION, VFA.
- a survey among users of the Community Trade Mark System ( Allensbach Report), conducted by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach,
- an economic analysis carried out by the “Institut für Innovationsforschung, Technologiemanagement und Entrepreneurship” ( INNO-tec Report) at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.
Notice: This Study is a contribution to European Commission’s overall evaluation of the functioning of the Trade Mark System in Europe. The results of this Study do not prejudge any proposals which the Commission may make on the basis of its analysis of the European Trade Mark System and on the basis of an impact assessment of different conceivable options of legislative or non legislative nature.
As a follow-up contribution to the Study the Max Planck Institute has produced synopses of the Trade Mark Directive ( Synopsis TMD) and the Community Trade Mark Regulation ( Synopsis CTMR). These synopses of the current legal texts and the proposed amendments present the implementation of the Study proposals. They are published here for the first time.
A summary of the Study with the most important results and proposals refers to amendments laid down in the synopses.
The entire document on this website consists of the
- Trade Mark Study (p. 1 – 278)
- summary of the Study (p. 279 – 301)
- Synopsis of the TMD (p. 302 – 344)
- explanations of the synopsis TMD (p. 345 – 352)
- Synopsis of the CTMR (p. 353 – 457)
- explanations of the synopsis CTMR (p. 458 – 466)
Hyperlinks connect the different parts of the entire document.