THE EUROPEAN Union's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM) has warned companies to avoid an offer from a German company ZDR-Datenregister to register their trademark in a so-called Central Data-Register Community Trade Marks, for payment of Euro 1,235.40. The office has warned that the "register has nothing to do with the OHIM's Community Trade Marks Register or any of its official publications, such as the Community Trade Marks Bulletin," and so "is likely to be of no value for EU trade mark owners."

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