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Current designs practice

On this page you will find OHIM's current designs practice reflected in a series of guidelines that are intended to help both our users and our staff in charge of the various procedures.

The OHIM Guidelines are the main point of reference for users of the 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, which have to be adapted to the particularities of a case. They are not legislative texts and, therefore, they are not binding.

The table below presents the set of Guidelines adopted by the President on 08 July 2015 (Decision No EX-15-2), as well as the set adopted on 04 December 2014 (Decision No EX-14-1) which entered into force on 1 February 2015.

All these texts can be accessed in the five working languages of the Office (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian) through clean versions or through track-changed versions where all changes since last year appear in red font so our users can easily see what has been updated.

The Office issues a revision of the Guidelines on a yearly basis.

The sets of guidelines with the date of entry into force in 2015 are only available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The sets of Guidelines that entered into force in 2014 are available in 23 languages.


Sections Date entry into force Track-changed version (compared with version that entered into force in 2014)
Editor's note and general introduction 01.02.2015  
Examination of Applications for Registered Community Designs 01.08.2015 PDF

Renewal of Registered Community Designs

01.08.2015 PDF
Examination of Design Invalidity Applications             01.02.2015  

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 27-07-2015