The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
OHIM is planning to add powerful new registered Community design functions to the eSearch Plus tool, which is currently in trial or “beta” version, in order to allow external users to integrate RCD data into their reporting and data management tools.
Although RCD web services will form part of the free eSearch Plus service, when it is released on trial, those who are interested in testing or using the RCD web services, will be asked to sign a licence in a similar way to users of the current CTM-Download service, which disseminates data via FTP and provides the Community Trade Mark database in XML format conforming to the relevant WIPO standard. OHIM will announce later this year when the service will be more widely available.
eSearch Plus already combines the data in 10 previous databases to allow easy searching and monitoring of Community trade marks and registered Community designs, as well as looking for owners, representatives and related case-law, all via a single user-friendly interface.
RCD web services represent another step in enhancing user participation and adding new features to eSearch Plus. The RCD web service, which is currently being tested with some National Offices, will be provided with RCD data sets in XML format and will consist of:
Web services like those mentioned above are designed to further enable users to build their own systems making use of the data and therefore offer much more flexibility in integrating the information into pre-existing systems, including their own reporting and file management tools.
The RCD data service should contain all RCD data entered in OHIM’s internal database. However, due to the nature of the data, it will only return the details of a design but not a design application.
A new architecture will also be introduced to handle image data input and output which basically will be retrievable via integrated design ID links connected with the database.
For more information on the new RCD Web Services please contact CTM-Download@oami.europa.eu.