WEDNESDAY, 21 DECEMBER 2016
EUIPO's New Year present: revised Examination Guidelines
In a spirit of warm generosity to its users, the EUIPO has a special gift that they will jolly well have to like, since they will ignore it at their peril -- it's a new set of Guidelines for examining both EU designs and EU trade marks. This is the information we have received:
Decision of the Executive Director adopting the Guidelines for Examination of EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs
On 12 December 2016, the Executive Director of the EUIPO signed the Decision adopting the first part of the revised Office Guidelines, which received a favourable opinion from the EUIPO’s Management Board in November. The Guidelines will enter into force on 01 February 2017.
The Guidelines have been fully updated with case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union and from the EUIPO’s Boards of Appeal. The revised Guidelines will increase consistency and predictability for users, and are aligned with the goals of the EUIPO’s Strategic Plan.
In the January edition of Alicante News (to be published on 03/01/2017), there will be an article that will highlight the main changes in the Guidelines. These changes will also be discussed during a webinar, available to all our internal and external users, which will take place on 10 January 2017.
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