Time Limits and Deadlines
- time limits laid down by EU trade marks regulation (EUTMR) and EUTMIR or Community design regulation and CDIR, which are therefore mandatory;
- time limits specified by the Office, which can be extended under certain circumstances.
For more information about Community design time limits, see the Guidelines, Part A, General Rules, Section 1, Means of Communication, Time Limits.
With the exception of the time limits expressly specified in the Community design regulation and CDIR, the time limits specified by the Office, when the party concerned has its domicile or its principal place of business or an establishment within the EEA, are between 1 month and 6 months. When the party concerned does not have its domicile or principal place of business or an establishment within the EEA, the time limits are between 2 months and 6 months. The general practice is to grant 2 months.
For more information on EU trade marks regarding inter parties proceedings and extension of time limits, see the Guidelines, Part C, Opposition, Section 1, Procedural Matters. For more information on Community design on this matter, see the Guidelines, Examination of Design Invalidity Applications, paragraph 4.1.6.
- it can either request continuation of proceedings (pursuant to Article 105 EUTMR), which only requires meeting certain formal requirements;
- it can request restitutio in integrum (pursuant to Article 104 EUTMR for EU trade marks and pursuant to Article 67 Community design regulation for Community designs), which requires meeting formal and substantive requirements (such as showing all due care).
The questions and answers provided on this page serve a purely informative purpose and are not a legal point of reference. Please consult the European Union Trade mark and Community Design Regulations or Trade mark / Design Guidelines for further details.
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