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Current Designs Practice

On this page you will find OHIM's current designs practice presented in a structured manner that is intended to help both our users and our staff in charge of the various procedures.

These documents are the main point of reference for users of the Registered Community Designs system and professional advisers who want to make sure they have the latest information on our examination practices.

They have been drawn up to reflect our Office practice in the most frequent scenarios. They contain general instructions only, which have to be adapted to the particularities of a case. They are not legislative texts and, therefore, are not binding.

The table below combines the set of Guidelines that were adopted by the President on 4 December 2013 (Decision No EX-13-5) with the relevant sections of the Manual that are still in force. These documents reflect the law, case-law, practice and amendments of OHIM´s current practice.

Over the course of 2014, the remaining parts of the Manual will be converted into Guidelines and the Manual will cease to exist. This conversion will be completed by the end of June 2014 and will be published soon thereafter. This means that as from 1 August 2014 all of OHIM's practice will be contained in the Guidelines. We will update them yearly and make them available in all official EU languages.

The documents related to the Manual are available in English; the Guidelines can be accessed in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.


Sections Source
Editor's note and general introduction New Guidelines
Examination of Applications for Registered Community Designs Manual

Renewal of Registered Community Designs

Examination of Design Invalidity Applications             New Guidelines

For other aspects of the procedure not specifically covered for designs, please refer to the appropriate sections of the current CTM Practice (Part A: General rules).

Page last updated 10-02-2014