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February 20, 2014 EU Intellectual Property Network
Third Common Communication released
Today, February 20, 2014, EU IP National Offices, participating User Associations and OHIM have published on their respective websites a third Common Communication in relation to the 'IP Translator' ruling to help provide clear, concise and consistent information on the acceptability of classification terms.
This particular Common Communication provides a set of guidelines that will help to identify when a classification term is sufficiently clear and precise.
This set of guidelines will be equally reflected in part B., section 3 of OHIM's Guidelines on examination of classification by the Knowledge Circle Goods &Services: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/european-trade-mark-and-design-network
Along with this Common Communication, prior Common Communications have been updated and reissued today. This is so that any developments since their initial publication are accurately and succinctly shared with stakeholders. The Common Communication on Interpretation of ‘IP Translator' has been amended to reflect the recent changes in the classification practice introduced by the Finnish National Office.
The implementation dates of the Common Practice explained in the Common Communication on the Common Practice of the General Indications of the Nice Class headings varies for each office; therefore this Communication has been updated to include an overview of implementation dates for each office.