Due to the case Hejduk vs. EnergieAgentur, CJEU ruled that an EU member state has the power to hear an infringement action regarding the copyright-infringing work accessible online in that country. The court is concerned about the posting of copyrighted images online without the consent of the copyright owner.
OHIM says that these applications are unlikely to pass. Even though a large number of application were filed all over the world, none of them has been filed at OHIM yet.
However, France’s IP office rejected 50 attempts to trademark the phrase “Je suis Charlie” due to “overriding public interest”.
The Madrid Union Assembly approved new changes to the Common Regulation during his 48th session held in September in Geneva. These new changes came into effect on 1st January 2015.
When an application will be processed, the international bureau will use new guidelines.
Some amendments include the changing of renewal fees for international registration, which means that the trademark owners can renew their protection, in a different juristriction, without paying a fee.