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Okt 24, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 18/17)
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Four Decisions of EUIPO's Executive Director

The Executive Director of EUIPO has signed four new decisions related to the changes which will came into effect on October 1, 2017, as a result of the second wave of the Legislative Reform process. All decisions apply as and from the entry into force date October 1, 2017:

Decision No EX-17-3 concerning the formal requirements of priority and seniority claims for EUTMs and IRs designating the EU setting out the requirements where information is available online, when documentation is required and rules on translations;

Decision No EX-17-5 concerning the formal requirements of priority claims for registered Community designs including the relaxation of requirements for a copy of earlier filing certificate;

Decision No EX-17-6 concerning technical specifications for annexes submitted on data carriers setting out the specific media accepted as data carriers, file formats and sizes, the treatment of incomplete or illegible annexes and the consequences of non-compliance;

Decision No EX-17-7 concerning methods of payment of fees and charges covering issues such as the priority of administrative charges over other fees, lack of funds, the minimum amount to open an account, ‘insignificant amounts’ for refunds, the misuse of accounts and payments by credit/debit cards and current accounts.

The new decisions were published on September 26, 2017, and can be consulted on the Office’s website here

These decisions are in addition to Decision no EX-17-4 concerning communications by electronic means (including important changes relating to fax communications) which also applies as and from October 1, 2017.