The guidelines of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which were adopted by the Executive Director on 12 December 2019 (Decision No EX-19-4) and have been in force since 1 February 2020, are now available in 23 official languages of the European Union. They can be consulted online here.

The guidelines were previously only available in the five working languages of the EUIPO (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). The following languages have now been added: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene and Swedish.

A novelty is that the ‘compare’ functionality, which can be activated by switching on ‘Show modifications’ in the top left-hand corner of the web page, is now also available in 23 official EU languages. This enables the user to quickly view any changes compared to previous editions.

For more information on the functionalities of the Guidelines in HTML format, please consult this tutorial or webinar.