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Sep 13, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 16/16)
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Guidelines of Design Registration Implemented by DPMA

Within the framework of the Convergence Programme of the EUIPO and national offices for a common practice, a project was launched to develop guidelines for the requirements for graphic representation of designs, which were published in a Common Communication of April 15, 2016.

The scope of this project included the development of a common practice and common guidelines for the requirements in the application procedure concerning the graphic representation of designs.

Focus was on the disclaimers as well as the acceptable types of views and rules to assess if a background is neutral.

The guidelines of the Communication has been implemented by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in the design registration procedure from July 15, 2016.

Please refer to the (3,37 MB) Common Communication for contents and results of the project.