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New EUTM pre-assessment checks

The EUIPO has announced that new pre-assessment checks are now available to EUTM applicants. These checks are designed to simplify and reduce errors in trade mark applications by allowing applicants to identify problems before filing.

The new features enable applicants to check whether a trade mark is deceptive, is offensive in any EU language, is registered as an EU domain or is in conflict with a plant variety.

In future, further checks will be added, including for distinctiveness/descriptiveness, conflicts with geographical indications and Article 6ter rights, or if a similar mark has been rejected for similar goods and services.

If an applicant has activated the checks in the EUTM filing form, and an issue is detected, an alert will appear. Applicants can also give immediate feedback via a form, which will support the further development of the tool.

Some of these features will be powered by AI. EUIPO emphasises that the results of the tool are purely informative and non-exhaustive.

The Office is also developing a standalone tool for applicants to carry out these checks before filing.

The image shows an example of the pre-assessment checks in the EUTM filing form.

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