2021 SME Fund
Good news! Extra application window open this month!
G&S: save money and keep your filing date
For the best outcome, in terms of your pocket and your time, remind yourself of EUIPO practice.
Unauthorised leasing of User Area credentials
Know how to manage your user account.
The hiss produced by opening a drink can cannot be registered as an EUTM
The General Court clarifies its approach to sound marks and Article 7(1)(b) EUTMR. 07/07/2021, T 668/19, Ardagh Metal Beverage Holdings GmbH & Co KG v EUIPO, EU:T:2021:420 (not available in English)
3 ways to fight spam and stop receiving unsolicited email
Have you received an email that you’re unsure about purporting to be from an EUIPO email address?
2021 Enforcement Summit
Latest OECD report on imported fake goods is released.
Sign your documents in person at the EUIPO.
Oral hearing goes virtual
The EUIPO’s first online oral hearing, Appeal case R‑1787/2020-5, MARBELLA.
SME Fund – Window 4 open now!
The initiative granting financial aid for IP matters to small businesses is open throughout July.
Call for interest – piloting new API services
If you have your own IT system, maybe you’d like to consider integrating it with the systems in place at the EUIPO?
Class 31 and how to avoid an objection
Does your EUTM application cover goods in Class 31? Check it is not in conflict with a plant variety denomination.
Summer reads from the Observatory
Introducing the Tool Tip
In this new feature, we share a top tip on eRegister, available via eSearch plus
Do not pass GO, do not collect a registered trade mark
When will the refiling of a trade mark be unacceptable due to bad faith? The General Court provides the answer.
Admissibility check harmonised
The extent of admissibility check in opposition and relative grounds invalidity proceedings has been harmonised.
‘In 25 years, we’ve never seen anything like it!’
EUIPO Operations Director, Karin Kuhl, on the remarkable rise of trade mark applications.
Your voice is heard!
Remember our survey to rank Key User services? We are taking your opinions into account.
IP rights online
What can you do if a counterfeit product is being sold online? And what about IPR infringement on social media?
Seeing Red: representing a mark consisting of a colour combination
In its first judgment since the Red Bull case in the CJEU, the General Court clarifies its approach to colour marks and Article 4 EUTMR.
24/03/2021, T‑193/18, Andreas Stihl v EUIPO, EU:T:2021:163
A heavy evidential burden
The General Court underlines the stringent requirements to prove that a sign falls foul of Article 7(1)(d) EUTMR
17/03/2021, T‑878/19, K‑9, EU:T:2021:146