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The Office

At OHIM we work with ideas, with reputations, with the shape of things to come.

That is the essence of trade marks and designs: they come to life through the brands and products we love. The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) was created as a decentralised agency of the European Union to offer IP rights protection to businesses and innovators across the EU and beyond. We have been based in Alicante, in Spain, since 1994, where we manage registration of the Community trade mark and the registered Community design.

We register around
100 000 Community trade marks and close to 75 000 designs annually, offering intellectual property protection to companies and individuals in a market of more than 500 million consumers.

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From our foundation, our core business has been the registration of trade marks and designs. These industrial property rights are valid throughout the European Union. More recently, our remit has been extended in the form of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

Entrusted to OHIM in June 2012, the Observatory brings public and private stakeholders together in the fight against piracy and counterfeiting. For OHIM, this has meant becoming an active participant in the next stage of the intellectual property lifecycle: helping to secure the results of creativity and innovation after they have been registered.


Our staff

Our staff come from the four corners of Europe and the wider world. The Office has five working languages – English, French, German, Italian and Spanish – and processes applications in 23 official languages of the EU.

We are a young organisation with more than 1 200 staff, made up of civil servants, permanent and temporary staff and external contractors.

The role of President of OHIM was taken on by Portuguese national António Campinos on 1 October 2010. The Vice President is Belgian national Christian Archambeau, who took on the role on 1 December 2010.


Legal background

The regulation establishing OHIM was adopted by the Council of the European Union in December 1993 and revised in 2009. It created the Community trade mark as a legal instrument in Community law and established OHIM as a Community body with legal, administrative and financial autonomy. Council Regulation (EC) No 6 of 2002 created the registered Community design.


Statistics

We publish statistical reports on the Community trade mark and Community design, giving general information on the total number of applications and registrations, including details per country / territory and per class of goods and services, and top filers.

We also issue country / territory reports covering the EU Member States and other countries / territories throughout the world.

Community trade mark applications


Bar graph about Community trade mark statistics


Updated on: 09/02/2015 More CTM statistics

Registered Community design applications


Bar graph about Registered Community design statistics


Updated on: 09/02/2015 More RCD statistics

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Statistics per country / territory


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The 'Top 25' representatives or owners are all compiled with reference to the representative's or owner's OHIM ID number. In some cases, the same representative or owner may use more than one ID number, which can lead to the total filings attributed to them in these tables being undercounted.

Trade mark and design statistics are correct as of the date of publication. However, very minor changes may be made in the future due to the inherent nature of OHIM's business process and the data collection methodology.


Accounts and finance

At OHIM we finance all our operations through registration fees without imposing any burden on the European Union and its taxpayers.

OHIM's official financial reports include the budget, annual accounts, report on budgetary and financial management and report from the European Court of Auditors.

Regulation No CB-3-09 of the Budget Committee lays down the financial provisions applicable to the Office. In accordance with it, the Accounting Officer must draw up the provisional accounts by 1 March of the following year, and the President of OHIM must present them to the Budget Committee and the Court of Auditors by 1 July. They are also sent for information to the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. At the end of the process, the accounts are published in the joint publication of annual accounts in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Regulation NO CB-1-10 of the Budget Committee of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market of 24 November 2010 lays down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation No CB-3-09.

OHIM's annual accounts include

  • Financial statements (balance sheet, economic outturn account, cash-flow table, statement of changes in capital)
  • Reports on OHIM budget implementation

OHIM's annual accounts must comply with the relevant rules, be accurate and comprehensive, and present a true and fair view. They are drawn up in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

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Page last updated 28-10-2014