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Directive (EU) No. 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2015 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (Text with EEA relevance), European Union (EU)

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Year of Version 2016 Dates Entry into force: January 12, 2016 Adopted: December 16, 2015 Type of Text Main IP Laws   Subject Matter Trademarks Subject Matter (secondary) Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body Notes The notification by the European Union to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The Directive modernizes and improves the trademark systems of the EU member States, by amending outdated provisions, increasing legal certainty and clarifying trade mark rights in terms of their scope and limitations. It achieves greater approximation of national trade mark laws and procedures in the EU with the aim of making them more consistent with the EU trade mark system, by (a) adding further substantive rules and (b) introducing principal procedural rules into the Directive in accordance with provisions contained in the Regulation. It facilitates cooperation between the trademark offices of the member States and the European Union Intellectual Property Office for the purpose of promoting convergence of practices and the development of common tools.'


Available Texts Main text(s) Main text(s) Bulgarian Директива (ЕС) № 2015/2436 на Европейския парламент и на Съвета от 16 декември 2015 година за сближаване на законодателствата на държавите членки относно марките (Текст от значение за ЕИП) PDF HTML Greek Οδηγία (ΕΕ) № 2015/2436 του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου και του Συμβουλίου, της 16ης Δεκεμβρίου 2015, για την προσέγγιση των νομοθεσιών των κρατών μελών περί σημάτων (αναδιατύπωση) (Κείμενο που παρουσιάζει ενδιαφέρον για τον ΕΟΧ) PDF HTML Czech Směrnice Evropského parlamentu a Rady (EU) № 2015/2436 ze dne 16. prosince 2015, kterou se sbližují právní předpisy členských států o ochranných známkách (Text s významem pro EHP) PDF HTML Slovak Smernica Európskeho parlamentu a Rady (EÚ) № 2015/2436 zo 16. decembra 2015 o aproximácii právnych predpisov členských štátov v oblasti ochranných známok (Text s významom pre EHP) PDF HTML German Richtlinie (EU) № 2015/2436 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 16. Dezember 2015 zur Angleichung der Rechtsvorschriften der Mitgliedstaaten über die Marken (Text von Bedeutung für den EWR) PDF HTML Dutch Richtlijn (EU) № 2015/2436 van het Europees Parlement en de Raad van 16 december 2015 betreffende de aanpassing van het merkenrecht der lidstaten (Voor de EER relevante tekst) PDF HTML Swedish Europaparlamentets och rådets direktiv (EU) № 2015/2436 av den 16 december 2015 för tillnärmning av medlemsstaternas varumärkeslagstiftning (Text av betydelse för EES) PDF HTML Danish Europa-Parlamentets og Rådets direktiv (EU) № 2015/2436 af 16. december 2015 om indbyrdes tilnærmelse af medlemsstaternes lovgivning om varemærker (EØS-relevant tekst) PDF HTML Finnish Euroopan parlamentin ja neuvoston direktiivi (EU) № 2015/2436, annettu 16 päivänä joulukuuta 2015, jäsenvaltioiden tavaramerkkilainsäädännön lähentämisestä (ETA:n kannalta merkityksellinen teksti) PDF HTML Estonian Euroopa Parlamendi ja nõukogu direktiiv (EL) № 2015/2436, 16. detsember 2015, kaubamärke käsitlevate liikmesriikide õigusaktide ühtlustamise kohta (EMPs kohaldatav tekst) PDF HTML Latvian Eiropas Parlamenta un Padomes Direktīva (ES) № 2015/2436 (2015. gada 16. decembris), ar ko tuvina dalībvalstu tiesību aktus attiecībā uz preču zīmēm (Dokuments attiecas uz EEZ) PDF HTML Polish Dyrektywa Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady (UE) № 2015/2436 z dnia 16 grudnia 2015 r. mająca na celu zbliżenie ustawodawstw państw członkowskich odnoszących się do znaków towarowych (Tekst mający znaczenie dla EOG) PDF HTML Portuguese Dyrektywa Parlamentu Europejskiego i Rady (UE) № 2015/2436 z dnia 16 grudnia 2015 r. mająca na celu zbliżenie ustawodawstw państw członkowskich odnoszących się do znaków towarowych (Tekst mający znaczenie dla EOG) PDF HTML Maltese Direttiva (UE) № 2015/2436 tal-Parlament Ewropew u tal-Kunsill tas-16 ta' Diċembru 2015 biex jiġu approssimati l-liġijiet tal-Istati Membri dwar it-trade marks (Test b'rilevanza għaż-ŻEE) PDF HTML Italian Direttiva (UE) № 2015/2436 del Parlamento europeo e del Consiglio, del 16 dicembre 2015, sul ravvicinamento delle legislazioni degli Stati membri in materia di marchi d'impresa (Testo rilevante ai fini del SEE) PDF HTML Slovenian Direktiva (EU) № 2015/2436 Evropskega parlamenta in Sveta z dne 16. decembra 2015 o približevanju zakonodaje držav članic v zvezi z blagovnimi znamkami (Besedilo velja za EGP) PDF HTML Croatian Direktiva (EU) № 2015/2436 Europskog parlamenta i Vijeća od 16. prosinca 2015. o usklađivanju zakonodavstava država članica o žigovima (Tekst značajan za EGP) PDF HTML French Directive (UE) n° 2015/2436 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 16 décembre 2015 rapprochant les législations des États membres sur les marques (Texte présentant de l'intérêt pour l'EEE) PDF HTML English Directive (EU) No. 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2015 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (Text with EEA relevance) PDF HTML Romanian Directiva (UE) № 2015/2436 a Parlamentului European și a Consiliului din 16 decembrie 2015 de apropiere a legislațiilor statelor membre cu privire la mărci (Text cu relevanță pentru SEE) PDF HTML Spanish Directiva (UE) N° 2015/2436 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo, de 16 de diciembre de 2015, relativa a la aproximación de las legislaciones de los Estados miembros en materia de marcas (Texto pertinente a efectos del EEE) PDF HTML Hungarian Az Európai Parlament és a Tanács (EU) № 2015/2436 irányelve (2015. december 16.) a védjegyekre vonatkozó tagállami jogszabályok közelítéséről (EGT-vonatkozású szöveg) PDF HTML Lithuanian 2015 m. gruodžio 16 d. Europos Parlamento ir Tarybos direktyva (ES) № 2015/2436, valstybių narių teisės aktams, susijusiems su prekių ženklais, suderinti (Tekstas svarbus EEE) PDF HTML
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