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
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.