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March 03, 2021 - news_events

New EUIPO 2021 Guidelines

New EUIPO 2021 Guidelines

The EUIPO’s new Guidelines for the Examination of Trade Marks and Designs were published on 1 March 2021.

March 03, 2021 - case_law_comment

Is milk made for humans?

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

February 01, 2021 - General

Questions on the SME Fund?

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.

February 01, 2021 - practice_tips

Does your trade mark contain a geographical term?

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.

February 01, 2021 - case_law_comment

Always judge a cheese by its cover

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.

February 01, 2021 - news_events

Fax Alternative

Fax Alternative

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.

February 01, 2021 - news_events

TMclass now in 81 countries worldwide!

TMclass now in 81 countries worldwide!

This consultation tool is key for EU businesses looking for new market opportunities in Europe and/or internationally.

January 07, 2021 - news_events

Ideas Powered for business SME Fund: EUR 20 million for IP

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.

January 07, 2021 - news_events

Pan-European Seal Talent Bank: a handy recruitment tool

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.
 

January 07, 2021 - news_events

BoA update – latest Presidium decisions

BoA update – latest Presidium decisions

On 6 November 2020, the Presidium of the Boards of Appeal adopted two new decisions.

January 07, 2021 - case_law_comment

Is Article 8(3) EUTMR only applicable to identical marks and identical goods?

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.

January 07, 2021 - practice_tips

New Year’s resolution? Use the practice tips!

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?

December 15, 2020 - news_events

Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund: EUR 20 million for IP

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.

November 25, 2020 - General

NEW! Schedule a call with the examiner

NEW! Schedule a call with the examiner

Exclusive new service for Key Users: now you can schedule a call with the examiner directly from your Key User Area.

November 25, 2020 - news_events

Key Users and examiners meet

Key Users and examiners meet

The recent ‘Customer Focus’ training brought examiners once again in contact with our Key Users in a bid to enhance mutual understanding. Check out the feedback from our Key Users.

November 25, 2020 - practice_tips

If you agree, let us know!

If you agree, let us know!

Is it possible to close opposition proceedings without incurring a decision on costs? Yes! Read more to find out 2 ways that this can be done at the EUIPO.

November 25, 2020 - case_law_comment

Syrena Meluzyna. Genuine use of a trade mark without a single sale?

Syrena Meluzyna. Genuine use of a trade mark without a single sale?

The Court of Justice of the European Union examines the question of whether preparatory work to secure customers constitutes genuine use of a mark, even if there are no actual sales.

October 22, 2020 - General

‘Farewell’ to Fax!

‘Farewell’ to Fax!

Do you use fax, now and then, as a back-up means of communication with EUIPO? If so, please take note that from 1 March 2021 the fax option will no longer be available.

October 22, 2020 - practice_tips

Spot the difference

Spot the difference

You can use several visual formats to represent your design. Each aspect, however, must be the same. So how can you get this right without incurring extra costs or a deficiency letter? Our examiners propose a simple solution.

October 22, 2020 - case_law_comment

CASE-LAW ANALYSIS

CASE-LAW ANALYSIS

Messi v Massi: Court of Justice blows final whistle on opposition proceedings. CASE-LAW ANALYSIS by Stefan Martin, Member of the Second Board of Appeal

Who wins? Earlier mark ‘Massi’ or the contested famous footballer? Discover the difference between reputation and fame when it comes to oppositions.

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