OHIM E-NEWSLETTER A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

21 December 2004
Brussels (Belgium) - Earlier this year, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - Trade Marks and Designs (OHIM) launched Alicante News, European trade marks and designs, a free monthly e-newsletter providing information on property rights in the European Community (EU).

Brussels (Belgium) - Earlier this year, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - Trade Marks and Designs (OHIM)* launched Alicante News, European trade marks and designs, a free monthly e-newsletter providing information on property rights in the European Community (EU). Based in Spain, the OHIM is both an agency of the EU and an industrial property office dedicated to registering Community Trade Marks and Community Designs. To subscribe to Alicante News, please send a request to

The OHIM is the official authority carrying out the intellectual property rights procedures for the Community trade marks since 1996 and for the Community registered design since 2003. These intellectual property rights are valid in all the countries of the EU. A uniform law applies to trade marks and designs, thereby providing strong and unique protection throughout the European Union. The uniformity means that formalities and management can be simplified and carried out in a single administrative centre - the OHIM. The simplification results in considerably reduced costs, in comparison to the overall costs of national registration in all EU countries.

After 10 years of activity in the field of intellectual property and involvement in e-business and technologies, the OHIM is moving from printing a paper newsletter to e-mailing a monthly e-newsletter. Among the aims of this initiative are the general improvement of OHIM's communication and external relations and a better, guided promotion of the services it offers. Featuring articles and news about Trade Marks, Design and Case Law, the OHIM's e-newsletter is a beneficial resource for creative professionals and design firms. All the issues of the newsletter will be available at http://oami.eu.int/en/office/press/default.htm

Applications to subscribe, completely free of charge, can be made simply sending an e-mail to



For further information please contact:
Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - Trade Marks and Designs
http://www.oami.eu.int

*OHIM is an Affiliate Member of Icograda.