‘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.
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.
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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VIRTUAL IPforYOU events
The EUIPO continues to support the professional user community around Europe with IPforYOU seminars on practice and tools. Choose your session!
Create more widely accepted lists of goods and services
More and more goods and services in the Harmonised Database are now accepted by the TM5 Partner Offices: CNIPA (China) EUIPO (Europe) JPO (Japan), KIPO (Korea) and USPTO (USA).
What you see is what you get…
But what if you can’t see it? This month we post a reminder on how to categorise a trade mark that includes transparent or white elements.
Pro bono for SMEs off to a flying start
More than 120 providers from all over Europe have generously volunteered their services free of charge to SMEs in the wake of COVID-19. Would you like to take part? Sign up now.
- Recent BoA Presidium decisions
- Key User 50 % discount for IP Case Law Conference
Spotted an error post-registration?
Who do you inform when you notice an error after your trade mark has been registered? We have 2 ways to put the smile back on your face.
Halloumi success before Court of Justice: a pyrrhic victory?
The Court of Justice reversed a decision by the General Court by holding that an opposition based on a collective mark meets the same criteria as one based on an individual mark, including with regard to distinctive character.
Sign up now to be a pro bono provider for SMEs
COVID-19 has severely impacted SMEs in the European Union (EU). This is a great opportunity for you to support SMEs at this challenging time.
Case Law Conference 50 % discount for Key Users
Don’t miss the IP Case Law Conference on 15‑16 October. Sign up now!
Don’t miss the most popular webinars
- Videogaming and IP: how to play the game;
- New EUIPO Guidelines;
- The most frequent arguments presented by parties and how to deal with them.
Do you need to speak to the examiner dealing with your file?
Call the information centre on +34 965 13 9100 during business hours (8.30 to 18.30) and ask to speak to the examiner that is dealing with your file..
From Luxembourg with Love
Hugs and kisses are just not distinctive! General Court ruling in the ‘XOXO’ case confirms that internet slang is to be taken into consideration when assessing distinctive character of trade marks.
First EUIPO Customer Panel on IP Dissemination
How effectively do the EUIPO’s dissemination tools and services support your work?
The recent online customer panel discussed this and other questions.
Are YOU an EU Certification or Collective Mark Applicant?
Drafting the regulations governing use needn’t be complicated. Download the EUIPO’s latest templates to help avoid deficiency letters and speed up your route to registration.
NEW! e-reply button for ALL e-communications
In light of the difficulties that customers have reported when working from home, the EUIPO has accelerated the work on eCommunications so that all communications sent to the Office can be done so online.
PRACTICE TIP OF THE MONTH
JPEG or PNG, MP4 or MKV? Five accepted formatsWhen putting your supporting documents onto data carriers*, the right file format and size are important considerations. But which formats should you use? And how large can your attachments be?