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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 4 December 2013 (Decision No EX-13-5) and which entered into force on 1 February 2014, as well as a second set adopted on 13 June 2014 (Decision No EX-14-1) and which entered into force on 1 August 2014.

Both sets can easily be identified by the date of its entry into force, on the right-hand side column of the table.

The Office updates the Guidelines on a yearly basis.


The sections of the Guidelines that entered into force on 1 August 2014 and the track-changed versions are only temporarily available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The rest are available in 23 languages.


Sections Date entry into force
Editor's note and general introduction 01.08.2014
Examination of Applications for Registered Community Designs 01.08.2014

Renewal of Registered Community Designs

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 19-01-2015