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Any final decision by OHIM (i.e. examiners, cancellation division), in so far as it adversely affects one party, is subject to appeal on the initiative of that party. The appeal is brought before OHIM's Boards of Appeal.
According to Article 61 of Regulation No 6/2002, the Board of Appeal's decision may in turn be subject to appeal before the Community courts on the initiative of the aggrieved party. The appeal procedure consists of a party making a first appeal against OHIM before the General Court. General Court may confirm, annul or alter the Board of Appeal's decision. A final appeal on the points of law of the decision of the General Court can only be filed before the Court of Justice.
Proceedings before the Court of Justice and the General Court are governed by the rules of procedure applicable before these courts and are held at the seat of the courts in Luxembourg. For information about the provisions in force, such as rules of procedure or instructions to the registrar, please see http://curia.europa.eu/.
According to Article 234 of the European Community Treaty, any court or tribunal of a Member State may submit a request for a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of European Community Law. Under this procedure, the Court of Justice has developed its case-law in relation to the following subjects: