In the end of December 2009, a decisive step towards reducing the time required for the issuance of certificates has been taken. From that date, the OHIM will in fact no more issue paper certificates. From now on, certificates will be issued only in electronic format. The problem with this novelty comes when you need an original document, which will have to be requested to the OHIM upon payment of a fee, waiting some weeks. If on the one hand, things has been simplified, on the other hand, the time for obtaining original records has been increased.