Convergence Projects within the EU

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), national offices such as the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and user associations are working together to harmonise the examination practices and standards of the trade mark offices of the EU member states. This cooperation has resulted in various convergence initiatives, the results of which can be found under the following links.

There are 14 completed Convergence Projects to date

  • CP12 Convergence Project on the establishment of common principles on the filing and structure of evidence and on the treatment of confidential evidence before boards of appeal
    The DPMA was not involved in CP12 because in Germany the Federal Patent Court, which is independent of the DPMA, is exclusively responsible for handling appeal proceedings. Similar constellations can also be found in other EU member states.

About the European Union Intellectual Property Network

Information and further documents (including what are referred to as Common Communications on the various Convergence Projects) can be found at externer Link on the "European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN)" platform.

Last updated: 19 April 2024