EUIPO and member offices: Communication on the use of a trade mark in a form differing from the one registered

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the offices of the EU member states have prepared a common communication on the use of a trade mark in a form differing from the one registered.

The aim of the common communication is that the offices in various countries and the EUIPO apply a common practice in their decisions. The purpose is to increase transparency, legal certainty, and predictability for the benefit of experts and users. The common practice concerns the assessment of the types of changes that can occur in the sign when used in a form differing from the one registered, namely when elements are added, omitted, modified or when these changes appear in combination.

The PRH has participated in the preparation of the communication and has for its part approved it.

The common practice will enter into force in Finland on 15 January 2021.

Read the Common Communication on the use of a trade mark in a form differing from the one registered on the EUIPO website.

For more information, please contact:
Ms Ann-Marie Pesu
Senior Legal Officer
tel. +358 29 509 5547
Email: firstname.lastname@prh.fi

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Latest update 23.10.2020