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Feb 11, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 3/21)
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Common Practice on Likelihood of Confusion / Relative Grounds of Refusal


On Janurary 14, 2021, the State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI) announced the adoption of the Practice Paper Likelihood of Confusion (impact of non-distinctive/weak components) - Relative Grounds of Refusal.

This Practice Paper has been prepared in line with the Common Communication resulting of the Common Practice of Trademarks developed by the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) and aimed to give guidance regarding the impact of non-distinctive/weak components of the marks at issue on the assessment of likelihood of confusion. It has been tailor-made to the specificities of AGEPI, providing for an overview of the Office’s quality standards for substantive examination of trademarks.

The document provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the principles on which the common practice of trademarks will be based. These principles will be generally applied and are aimed at covering the large majority of cases.

The document is divided into two parts; the first part summarises the criteria, while the second part provides a complete explanation of the specific criteria applicable in each case.

The practice paper can be seen in English and Romanian.


Source: www.agepi.md; www.euipo.europa.eu