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.
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.