Less is more!
Two changes to design practice result in fewer deficiencies and more applications accepted.
Links outshine attachments
The EUIPO launches a pilot to replace attachments with links in official communications.
2 valid representatives needed
Are at least 2 valid representatives linked to your association? If not, your account with the EUIPO could be blocked. Check to see whether you comply.
Let us do the work!
Lists of goods and services are translated for free into every official language of the EU.
Agorateka for legal content online
The European legal online content initiative adds new portals in Spain.
Missing the point
VROOM and confusing form for function in the classification of goods and services. 24/02/2021, T‑56/20, VROOM, EU:T:2021:103
Farewell to fax, CDs and attachments!
The month of March brings with it many changes. No more fax, changes in accepted data carriers and attachments to be replaced by links in your e-communications
Renew early for peace of mind
At the EUIPO, it pays to make your EUTM renewal application in good time and before the deadline.
New EUIPO 2021 Guidelines
The EUIPO’s new Guidelines for the Examination of Trade Marks and Designs were published on 1 March 2021.
Is milk made for humans?
The General Court allows the registration of a controversial slogan as a trade mark.
17/12/2020, T‑253/20, Oatley v EUIPO, EU:T:2021:21
Questions on the SME Fund?
Applications and questions are coming in thick and fast. We clarify the answers to the top three questions received from IP representatives.
Does your trade mark contain a geographical term?
The EUIPO will not register your trade mark if it contains or evokes a PDO or PGI protected in the EU. This month our spotlight is on GIview, the new tool that will help you prescreen for potential conflict and avoid objections.
Always judge a cheese by its cover
The Court of Justice rules on the application of PGIs and PDOs to the appearance of a product.
As the end of fax draws near (1 March 2021), remember to use the ‘Fax Alternative’ option only when there is no other suitable e-option available.
TMclass now in 81 countries worldwide!
This consultation tool is key for EU businesses looking for new market opportunities in Europe and/or internationally.
Ideas Powered for business SME Fund: EUR 20 million for IP
The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund, which opened for applications on 11 January 2021, is a 20 million euro grant scheme to help EU SMEs protect their intellectual property.
Pan-European Seal Talent Bank: a handy recruitment tool
Join the PES Talent Bank to recruit young professionals who have undergone recent training at the EUIPO and/or the EPO.
BoA update – latest Presidium decisions
On 6 November 2020, the Presidium of the Boards of Appeal adopted two new decisions.
Is Article 8(3) EUTMR only applicable to identical marks and identical goods?
Does Article 8(3) EUTMR only apply to identical marks and identical goods? ‘No’, says the Court of Justice.
New Year’s resolution? Use the practice tips!
If there’s one New Year’s resolution that will help you the most, it’s putting into practice all the useful advice provided by the EUIPO’s examiners. How many from last year do you remember?