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August 08, 2019 About the EUIPO
Long lists of goods and/or services in EUTM applications
The Office has recently observed a trend where certain EUTM applications contain unusually long lists of goods and/or services. Where normally the average number of terms applied for lies within a range of 60 to 100, these big applications contain 50 times the average number of terms. There has even been a considerable increase in the number of applications that have exceeded 10 000 terms.
The Office would like to remind the users that long lists of goods and/or services may lead to a number of disadvantages for the applicant, namely:
- a higher risk of classification deficiencies;
- delays in publication and registration of the EUTM;
- an increased risk of conflicts with other trade marks (oppositions);
- an increased risk of a trade mark being eventually cancelled because of a similarity to an earlier mark or non-use of all the registered goods and/or services.
In addition, the Office strongly recommends the use of the G&S builder to help you create your list of goods and/or services.