On April 1th, a new practice has been adopted by the EUIPO, CP10. Sweden implement the new practice on September 15th.
The EU intellectual property offices cooperate within the framework of the convergence programs. The purpose of the collaboration is to harmonize practices in the EU regarding various specific sub-areas of trademark and design law. The authorities have now agreed on a common practice regarding criteria for assessing disclosure of designs on the internet. The purpose is to provide solid guidance on what applies to different forms of publication on different types of platforms available on the Internet. The document can be used to ensure that the evidence provided in the objection case contains adequate information.
It is important to emphasize that the document, like other CP documents, is not a source of law. It should be regarded as a guide in relation to the assessment of previous publication of designs.
On the EUIPO learning portal you can create an account and log in to deepen yourself with the help of digital learning resources. A webinar is available on CP10.