The accession brought along automatic enforcement of the Community trade marks and designs registered in the former OHIM on the territory of the Republic of Estonia.
From 23 March 2016 OHIM is called the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
The representatives of the Estonian Patent Office take part in the work of the EUIPO Administrative Board and Budget Committee and in the working groups of examiners.
The Estonian Patent Office takes part in several cooperation and convergence programme projects of the EUIPO. The web tools developed by the EUIPO and the national offices in cooperation with the user associations are available at www.tmdn.org. The goal of the convergence programme is to establish an international registration practice of trade marks, which will be as unitary as possible. In the framework of a bilateral cooperation project information publications are published (in Estonian).
European Union Intellectual Property Network - a portal of new web tools developed by the EUIPO and national offices in cooperation with the user associations.
Quantification of IPR
Quantification of IPR infringement is a website administered by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights that publishes the results of researches concerning counterfeiting and piracy.
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Mapping is a visual representation that will help applicants and examiners to identify at which stage of the process the Common Tools can be used.
Users are guided through a series of questions on what to check in each step of the registration process and how to use the common tools. This will help avoid deficiencies in the application process, increase the probability of a successful registration and ensure effective protection in the future.
Mapping is generalised to cover the main steps of an IP registration process, and does not reflect all of the national office IP processes in detail.
Estonia has joined the following tools:
TMview – online trade mark search tool
TMview is an online consultation tool allowing any Internet user to search for, free of charge, the trade marks of all trade mark offices involved in the initiative. You can use TMview to:
- Carry out 24/7 trade mark searches in 22 languages of the EU
- Gain first hand, daily updated trade mark information from the participating offices' official registers
- Access millions of trade mark applications and registrations
- Check the availability of an idea for a trade mark name
- Find out the goods and services protected by a competitors' trade mark
- Receive updates on selected trade marks for change of status, change of the applicant/owner name and end of opposition period
- Examine trade mark details such as legal status, graphic representation, registration date, etc.
- View the trade marks details in the office of origin
- Print or export trade mark information to PDF, Excel & XML
TMview also provides information and is a working tool for trade mark examiners.
TMclass – free online tool to search, translate or classify goods and services when applying for trade marks.
When applying to register a trade mark, you need to describe the goods and/or services for which you wish to protect your trade mark.
TMclass is a central point from which it is possible to access the terms that appear in the classification databases of each of the offices participating in the initiative.
If the applicant uses the terms that appear in the database of the trade mark office where they seek protection, then the process of registration will be much faster. TMclass can be used for the following:
- SEARCH TERM You can search for goods and services descriptions (terms) and find out which class they are in before you apply for trade mark protection.
- VERIFY LIST OF TERMS You can check if a list of goods and services in a given language appears in the database of a participating trade mark office with the same working language.
- TRANSLATE TERM For any word/s that you type in, you can find goods and services classification terms that contain that word or words, and the translations for the terms in the EU language of your choice.
DesignView – A common search system for designs, based on information pooled from different sources. Also, a complementary examination/invalidation tool for participating IP offices.
DesignClass – the tool helps you to search and translate product indications needed to apply for design protection.
CF Similarity – the tool gathers and shows assessments from the participating IP offices on similarities between goods and services.
Quality – transparent and harmonized information about services and quality standards provided by participating offices.
E-Learning Tool for Small and Medium Enterprises – E-learning tool for SMEs about the importance of intellectual property rights.
Last updated: 10.02.2022