CP3 extension — Jordan IPO

    As a result of the joint efforts of the Jordanian Industrial Property Protection Directorate under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply (IPPD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the IPPD has published a practice paper concerning the examination of absolute grounds for refusal as regards figurative trade marks with purely descriptive words/expressions.

    The IPPD is the first non-European IP Office to find common grounds with the criteria under the Common Communication on the Common Practice of Distinctiveness — Figurative Marks containing descriptive/non-distinctive words. The publication of the IPPD Practice Paper stems from the joint collaboration between both offices.

    The Practice Paper provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the principles on which the practice is based, principles that will be generally applied by the IPPD and the IP offices who form part of the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN). It also aims to cover a majority of the cases.

    The IPPD Practice Paper is published with a view to increasing transparency, legal certainty and predictability for the benefit of the different IP offices’ users and examiners and is aimed to become a reference for IP offices, users, representatives and any other interested party.

    With this in mind, it has been made publicly available in Arabic and English — both versions of which can be found below. It is divided into two parts; the first part summarises the criteria, while the second part provides a complete explanation of the different criteria applicable in each case.

    Distinctiveness - Figurative Marks containing
    descriptive/non-distintive words
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    This achievement has been made possible thanks to the collaborative work done by the IPPD and the EUIPO. The publication by IPPD of the Practice Paper is the final result of this activity, which falls under the EUIPO’s International Cooperation framework.