EUIPO is the world’s most innovative IP office together with the Korean IP office
The World Trademark Review crowned the EUIPO also because it makes available tools and e-services and new technologies. Last but not least to achieve this result, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the fund to financially support European small and medium-sized companies.
We take this opportunity to remind you that EUIPO has a very useful tool for image trademark and design searches and it is available on the EUIPO website (ESearch plus).
Boards of Appeal Action Plan 2021-2026
The Presidium of the Boards of Appeal adopted the Board of Appeal Action Plan 2021-2026.
It is an internal roadmap establishing the directions the Boards will take in the next five years.
The Action Plan is structured around five Focus Area:
- Optmise operational efficiency and effectiveness toward organizational excellence: for example, only to mention one of the numerous points, there will be an upgrading of the existing tools and new technologies will be used in order to develop newer ones. A new single tool will allow you to follow up a trademark application from the filing up to its litigation before the European General Court and the Court of Justice;
- Ensure timeliness of all proceeding and enable a proactive management of cases
- Enhancing the functionalities of the e-Search Case-Law database: a new tool will facilitate the search of the EUIPO and EU and national judgments;
- Modernise working methods by simplifying and harmonising processes and procedures: among the other measures, it is proposed that a Registry and Procedure Consistency Circle be created as a technical body where experts from different areas in the BOA are represented;
- Create an expert knowledge hub by improving knowledge acquisition, management and sharing.
There are many further initiatives listed in the Action Plan, for example we can read that that the Boards of Appeal will actively participate in European Cooperation Projects focused on the development of common practices, namely:
- Trademark applications made in bad faith;
- Trademarks contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality;
- Comparison of goods/services;
- Notion of “subject matter”;
If you want to find out more, see the EUIPO website: