The EU intellectual property offices cooperate within the framework of the convergence programmes. 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 new types of marks; sound-, motion-, multimedia- and hologram marks. The purpose is to identifying general principles for examination of formal requirements and grounds for refusal.
It is important to emphasize that this guide, like other CP documents, is not a source of law.