What is the EUIPO?

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The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is the official European Union trade mark and design office. It is a non-for-profit European agency with around 700 staff and an annual income of over EUR 190 million. As a European agency, the EUIPO is supervised by the European Commission, but has legal, administrative and financial autonomy. The Council of Ministers decides on the appointment of the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director, the President of the Boards of Appeal and the chairpersons of the Boards of Appeal. The Executive Director is responsible for the running of the Office and there is also a Management Board and a Budget Committee, each composed of one representative from each Member State, and two representatives from the European Commission and one representative from the European Parliament.
 
The main mission of the Office is to manage the European Union trade mark and Community design registration systems. To do this, the Office carries out examination, registration, opposition and cancellation procedures.
 
The Office engages in cooperation and harmonisation activities with national offices in the EU, as well as with intellectual property offices outside the EU, including WIPO. The Office also maintains close contacts with major user organisations, several of which have observer status in the administrative bodies of the Office.