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December 12, 2013 Legal news
OHIM Guidelines – Adoption of Work Package 1
OHIM's project in transforming its current Manuals and Guidelines into a new set of updated Guidelines which will be a unique source of reference for OHIM's practice has taken another important step.
On 4 December 2013, the President of the Office adopted the new Guidelines, Work Package 1 (see attached decision).
They will be published in OHIM's five working languages in the Official Journal at the start of next year and enter into force on 1 February 2014. Subsequently, Work Package 1 will be translated into all remaining official EU languages.
The Guidelines, Work Package 1, were adopted after extensive consultation of both internal and external stakeholders as well as OHIM's Administrative Board. Work Package 1 covers approximately half of OHIM's practice. The other half is currently still reflected in the Manuals.
NEXT STEPS: The second half of OHIM's practice, Work Package 2, has already gone through the internal process and will be published for consultation with external stakeholders, namely IP Offices and User Associations, at the beginning of 2014. After the external consultation exercise, the final drafts will be presented to OHIM's Administrative Board for consultation.
Work Package 2 is expected to be adopted by the President with a view to entering into force on 1 August 2014.
As from that date, all of OHIM's practice will be contained in the Guidelines which will be updated yearly and will be available in all official EU languages.