The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union
The purpose of these Guidelines is to indicate the practice of the Office with regard to the Regulations on the Community Design. They have been drafted with a view to practical use both by the Office personnel in charge of the various procedures and the professionals concerned therewith.
They have been drawn up to cover the majority of current cases, and consequently can be regarded only as general instructions. These Guidelines are not, therefore, legislative texts. The parties, and the Office, must where necessary refer to Regulation No 6/2002 on the Community design, the Regulation implementing that Regulation, the Regulation on fees and the Regulation for proceedings before the Boards of Appeal and, finally, the interpretation of these texts handed down by the Boards of Appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Communities, including the Court of First Instance of the European Communities.
Guidelines concerning proceedings before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs):
For other aspects of the procedure not specifically covered for designs, please refer to the appropriate sections of the CTM guidelines.