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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 01, 2023 (Newsletter Issue 6/23)
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New Pre-assessment Checks

New pre-assessment checks are now available to European Union trade mark (EUTM) applicants.

With the click of a button, applicants can now run some of the checks that are usually carried out by EUIPO examiners. In this way, problems can be detected before filing.

Currently, applicants can use the feature to automatically check whether a trade mark is deceptive, offensive (in any EU language), is registered as an EU domain or if it is in conflict with a plant variety.

Further developments of pre-assessment checks are also planned, such as whether a trade mark is distinctive or descriptive, if it conflicts with a geographical indication, if it conflicts with Article 6ter (flags, emblems, etc.) or if a similar mark has been rejected for similar goods and services. Some of these features will be powered by artificial intelligence, providing a more seamless and user-friendly experience for applicants.

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