The IP Offices of the European Trade Mark and Design Network continue to collaborate in the context of the Convergence Projects. They have now agreed on the third Common Practice on Designs, and the tenth overall, with the aim to identify common criteria for assessing disclosure of designs on the internet and to provide recommendations thereof.
This Common Practice is made public through this Common Communication with the aim of providing clear and comprehensive guidance for assessing disclosure of designs on the internet and consequently, increasing transparency, legal certainty, and predictability.
It is meant to serve as a reference for the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the Intellectual Property Offices of the EU Member States and Benelux, other relevant authorities, user associations, applicants, right holders, representatives and other interested persons.
Provided below, you may find attached the common announcement and practice CP10 for the criteria for assesing disclosure of designs on the internet.