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Hypermedia, which claimed yesterday that it has succeeded in registering MP3 as a trademark in the European Union, has had a spanner thrown in its works. Another German company, mp3.de GmbH, based in Trier, the birthplace of Karl Marx, managed to file an objection to the application on the last possible day such objections could be filed. Knut Langen, director of corporate marketing at the company, said: "We have officially filed a notice of opposition against this registration to the Community Trade Marks Office, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market." The office, based in Alicante, Spain, files all applications for trademarks in the union. Langen said: "This means the registration will be not completed until our objection is proven. Because of our opposition hypermedia GmbH has no right to use the MP3 trademark until the trademark office has made a final decision. This will take between two and four months." Yesterday, hypermedia GmbH claimed it had succeeded in registering the trademark and said it had made the move to foster innovation. ® Related Story German firm confirms it owns MP™

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