Estonia launches new online features to support transposition of trade mark Directive

    The Estonian Patent Office (EPA) has released enhanced features on its Back Office and Front Office systems for filing trade marks online.

    The implementation went live on 1 April 2019, coinciding with the date when the amendments to the Directive harmonising trade mark law in the EU Member States entered into force in Estonia.

    This release comes as a result of the work carried out by the EUIPO and its partners under the European Cooperation Projects, in particular the project ‘ECP2 Major Improvements to Back Office’. The project supports IP Offices to make the main business processes for designs and trade marks more efficient, reliable and user-friendly. This project falls within Line of Action 4 of EUIPO’s Strategic Plan 2020.

    The EUIPO and its stakeholders are working together on five major European Cooperation Projects. The overall aim of the projects is to benefit users across the EU by providing modern, state of the art tools and services for EU IP offices.