The National Directorate of Industrial Property under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay (DNPI) has published a Practice Paper concerning the graphic representation of industrial designs.
The DNPI is the first Latin American IP office to analyse and find common ground with the criteria developed under the Common Communication on the Common Practice – Graphic Representation of Designs (CP6), referred to as ‘diseños’ (designs) in Uruguayan terminology.
The Practice Paper provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the principles on which the practice of the DNPI and the IP offices of the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) is based, particularly on how to use appropriate disclaimers, types of views and how to represent designs on a neutral background.
The publication of the Practice Paper seeks to increase transparency, legal certainty and predictability for the benefit of users and examiners of the IP offices involved. The intention is that it will become a reference for IP offices, as well as for EU and Uruguayan users and other interested parties.
The Practice Paper has been made publicly available in Spanish and English. Both versions can be found below. It is divided into two parts: the first summarises the criteria, the second provides a full explanation of the different criteria applicable in each case.
The documents are available here:
This achievement has been made possible thanks to the collaborative work carried out by the DNPI and the EUIPO under the framework of the IP KEY LA project, directed by the European Commission and implemented by the EUIPO.
With a view to adding clarity to trade mark examination practices, DNPI also published last year another Practice Paper concerning the examination of absolute grounds for refusal as regards figurative trade marks with purely descriptive words/expressions.