The EUIPO Guidelines are the main point of reference for users of the Community design system and professional advisers who want to make sure they have the latest information on our examination practices.

They have been drawn up to reflect our Office practice in the most frequent scenarios. They contain general instructions, which have to be adapted to the particularities of a case. They are not legislative texts and, therefore, they are not binding.

The Office issues a revision of the Guidelines on a yearly basis.