Congratulations: OHIM celebrated its 20th anniversary

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 November 2014 in the new auditorium of OHIM's premises, in Alicante, Spain. On this day OHIM commemorates 20 years of the Office and also the opening of OHIM's new building. History of OHIM OHIM is the trademark and designs registry for the internal market of the European Union (EU). It was set up in 1994 in Alicante, Spain. The decentralized agency registers Community Trademarks (CTM) since 1996, and Registered Community Designs (RCD) since 2003. The CTMs and the RCDs are valid throughout each of the currently 28 member states of the EU. It has received 1.3 million CTM applications from businesses within the EU and all over the world since 1996. Thus, OHIM has developed to be the largest EU agency. Below you can see a timeline with the most important changes at OHIM since 1994: Allocation of OHIM The Office is a public establishment which enjoys legal, administrative and financial independence. OHIM was created under EU law and has an own legal personality. The Court of Justice of the European Union is responsible for overseeing the legality of the Office's decisions. The Office is responsible for its budget. The budget derived mainly from registration fees and fees for the renewal of trademark protection. For more information to the 20th anniversary of OHIM, please click on the following link: