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Common communication and practice CP9 ''Distinctiveness of three-dimensional marks (shape marks) containing verbal and/or figurative elements''

The IP offices of the European Trade Mark and Design Network continue to collaborate in the context of the Convergence Programme. They have now agreed on a Common Practice with regard to the distinctiveness of three-dimensional marks (shape marks) containing verbal and/or figurative elements when the shape is not distinctive in itself, with the aim of establishing a minimum threshold for distinctiveness of shape marks when the shape itself is non-distinctive. 

This Common Practice is made public through this Common Communication with the purpose of further increasing transparency, legal certainty, and predictability for the benefit of examiners and users alike. 

The scope of the Common Practice is the assessment of the overall inherent distinctiveness of shape marks consisting of a non-distinctive shape of the goods themselves, packaging or containers, and other elements to which the shape mark extends, within absolute grounds examination.

Provided below, you may find attached the common announcement and practice CP9 for the distinctiveness of three-dimensional marks (shape marks) containing verbal and/or figurative elements when the shape is not distinctive in itself.

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