As of 01-10-2013, the Rules issued by the Director General of BOIP are also available in English.
The Guidelines on refusals explain the criteria for examining trademarks on absolute grounds and the way in which BOIP applies them in practice. The main purpose of the Guidelines is to inform the user and to make the decisions taken by BOIP more predictable.
The Guidelines for opposition proceedings give a detailed explanation of how opposition proceedings are conducted by BOIP. These directives are subordinate to the BCIP, IR and the rules issued by the Director-General.
Convergence of Practices
The harmonisation (convergence) of practices between IP offices is a project that falls within the work of the European Trade Mark and Design Network (EUTMDN). The convergence programme, launched in 2011, brings the EUIPO together with national offices and users to find agreement in areas where IP offices use different methods. It supplements the work already done in the field of IT tools under the EUTMDN collaborative network. The convergence programme comprises various projects, through which the IP offices have already come to agreement on certain shared practices. These shared practices are announced via common communications with to increase transparency, legal certainty and predictability for both researchers and users.