April is over and with it the EUIPO releases its newest edition of the “Alicante News”, a monthly wrap-up of what was happening especially regarding the EUIPO. This time, the AN has its focus on the future of appeal-filing via eAppeal (online)! Furthermore you can look forward for the James Nurton Interview with Ana-Maria Baciu, telling more about her “lawyer-life story” that she practises for over 18 years now. Read more about the new issue in our article.
New eAppeal : file an appeal online
The new eAppeal, available since 10th April, allows users to file an appeal online. eAppeal is designed to make filing an appeal as efficient as possible, and is part of the Office’s commitment to providing high quality electronic services to its users.
The new tool offers clear guidance to users, an improved and user-friendly interface and provides a reduced likelihood of deficiencies.
The new eAppeal is the latest step in a journey of digital improvement undertaken by the Office. Starting in 2011, EUIPO began to simplify and modernise its IT systems, making them more efficient and user-friendly.
eAppeal is easy to use and can be accessed directly from the User Area of the EUIPO website, and through the online services page. It can also be entered under Actions and Communications after accessing the file in eSearch plus. The entire process has just four steps.
The 1st step allows the requester (either the appellant or the representative) to submit their information electronically.
The 2nd step allows the requester to identify the contested trade mark or design decision.
The 3rd step allows the requester to upload a statement of grounds as an attachment to the form, or to file it later on.
The statement of grounds needs to be filed in the language of the proceedings. If a written statement of grounds is not attached to eAppeal, please note that if it is not filed within four months, the appeal will be inadmissible.
The 4th step requires the requester to sign the form by entering his or her name, as described in Rule 79, 80(3) and 82(3) EUTMIR. The signature confirms that the requester has checked all details and wishes to sign and confirm the submission of the Notice of Appeal.
Once the four steps are completed, the user is directed to a payment page, with all payment options (credit card, transfer, current account).
Users can save their work as a draft at any time in the process, and return to it later. Once the Notice of Appeal is submitted, users are requested to download the confirmation copy, which contains the appeal number, and save it locally. The number of the exact Board which will deal with the appeal will be communicated to the appellant or representative at a later stage by the Registry of the Boards of Appeal.
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Overview: Topics in Alicante News April 2017
- Cover-Story: New eAppeal form: file an appeal online
- James Nurton interviews: Ana-Maria Baciu
- Statistical Highlights March 2017
- EUIPN Updates: IP Key China closure event in Beijing
- EUIPN Updates: USPTO implements Forecasting
- More News: Death of Wubbo de Boer
- More News: IP Case Law Laboratory
- More News: Annual Audit of EUIPO Activities
- More News: Key User Programme: Advanced IP Management
- Case Law: Luxembourg trade mark and design news
- Case Law: New decisions from the Boards of Appeal
About Alicante News
ALICANTE NEWS is edited by EUIPO and published on the first working day of every month. The aim is to provide up-to-date information on EUIPO-related matters, as well as on other general IP issues, to the users of the European Union trade mark and design registration systems.
The EUTM and RCD sections publish articles produced by EUIPO’s Knowledge Circles and analyse the latest issues relating to trade mark and design case law. The Case Law section gives a monthly rundown of cases brought before the Courts in Luxembourg and the Boards of Appeal.
Text + Graphics: Official Alicante News April 2017 PDF