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Current trade mark practice

 For previous editions of the Guidelines, please visit the Repository

 

Sections Most recent changes Date entry into force Track-changed version (comparison between the two last adopted versions)

Introduction

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Editor's note and general introduction

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Part A: General rules      

Section 1: Means of communication, time limits

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Section 2: General principles to be respected in the proceedings

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Section 3: Payment of fees, costs and charges

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Section 4: Language of proceedings

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Section 5: Professional representation

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Section 6: Revocation of decisions, cancellation of entries in the register and correction of errors

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Section 7: Revision

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Section 8: Restitutio in integrum

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Section 9: Enlargement

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Part B: Examination      

Section 1: Proceedings

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Section 2: Formalities

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Section 3: Classification

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Section 4: Absolute grounds for refusal

     

Chapter 1: General principles

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Chapter 2: EUTM definition (Article 7(1)(a) EUTMR)

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Chapter 3: Non-Distinctive trade marks (Article 7(1)(b) EUTMR)

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Chapter 4: Descriptive trade marks (Article 7(1)(c) EUTMR)

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Chapter 5: Customary signs or indications (Article 7(1)(d) EUTMR)

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Chapter 6: Shapes or other characteristics with an essentially technical function, substantial value or resulting from the nature of goods (Article 7(1)(e) EUTMR)

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Chapter 7: Trade marks contrary to public policy or acceptable principles of morality (Article 7(1)(f) EUTMR)

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Chapter 8: Deceptive trade marks (Article 7(1)(g) EUTMR)

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Chapter 9: Trade marks in conflict with flags and other symbols (Article 7(1)(h) and (i) EUTMR)

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Chapter 10: Trade marks in conflict with designations of origin and geographical indications (Article 7(1)(j) EUTMR)

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Chapter 11: Trade marks in conflict with traditional terms for wines (Article 7(1)(k) EUTMR)

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Chapter 12: Trade marks in conflict with traditional specialities guaranteed (Article 7(1)(l) EUTMR)

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Chapter 13: Trade marks in conflict with earlier plant variety denominations (Article 7(1)(m) EUTMR)

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Chapter 14: Acquired distinctiveness through use (Article 7(3) EUTMR)

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Chapter 15: European Union Collective marks

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Chapter 16: European Union Certification marks

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Part C: Opposition      

Section 0: Introduction

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Section 1: Procedural matters

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Section 2: Double identity and likelihood of confusion

     

Chapter 1: General principles

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Chapter 2: Comparison of goods and services

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Chapter 3: Relevant public and degree of attention

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Chapter 4: Comparison of signs

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Chapter 5: Distinctiveness of the earlier mark

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Chapter 6: Other factors

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Chapter 7: Global assessment

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Section 3: Unauthorised filing by agents of the TM proprietor (Article 8(3) EUTMR)

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Section 4: Rights under Articles 8(4) and 8(6) EUTMR

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Section 5: Trade marks with reputation (Article 8(5) EUTMR)

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Section 6: Proof of use

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Part D: Cancellation      

Section 1: Proceedings

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Section 2: Substantive provisions

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Part E: Register Operations      

Section 1: Changes in a registration

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Section 2: Conversion

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Section 3: EUTMs and RCDs as objects of property

     

Chapter 1: Transfer

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Chapter 2: Licences, Rights in rem, Levies of execution, Insolvency proceedings or similar proceedings

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Section 4: Renewal

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Section 5: Inspection of files

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Section 6: Other entries in the register

     

Chapter 1: Counterclaims

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Part M: International marks   01.10.2017 PDF
Page last updated 15-02-2019
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