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 using of a trademark in a form differing from the one registered. The purpose is to identifying general principles for assessing when the use of a trademark in a form differing from the one registered alters its distinctive character.
It is important to emphasize that this guide, like other CP documents, is not a source of law.