On 12 December 2016, the Executive Director of the EUIPO signed the Decision adopting the first part of the revised Office Guidelines, which received a favourable opinion from the EUIPO’s Management Board in November. The Guidelines will enter into force on 01 February 2017.
The Guidelines have been fully updated with case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union and from the EUIPO’s Boards of Appeal. The revised Guidelines will increase consistency and predictability for users, and are aligned with the goals of the Strategic Plan 2020.
In the January edition of Alicante News, there is an article that highlights the main changes in the Guidelines. These changes will also be discussed during a webinar, hosted by EUIPO on 10 January 2017.