CP5. Relative Grounds – Likelihood of Confusion (Impact of non-distinctive/weak components)

The objective of this project is to harmonize the different interpretations on how to deal with non-distinctive/weak components of trade marks in the context of the examination of relative grounds for refusal (likelihood of confusion).

The outcome of the project will be a new Common Practice that will be officially endorsed.

Following are the project deliverables:

  • A document on the new Common practice
  • A document on the Communication Strategy: what are the target audiences, what channels should we use to reach them and what is our key message.
  • A document on the Implementation Strategy: once the common practice is defined, what steps does an Office need to undertake in order to implement this common practice.
  • An analysis on how to follow up on the continuity of the Common Practice: the market constantly evolves and therefore we will need to be able to assure that the Common Practice evolves along.

All the Participating Offices have the intent to implement the Common Practice.

Also User Associations and non EU IP Offices are invited to be part of the working group as observers.

The CP5 project was unanimously endorsed on May 20, 2014 at the Administrative Board and Budget Committee meeting by the National Offices.

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