Examination as to absolute grounds for refusal
- Where, under Article 7, a trade mark is ineligible for registration in respect of some or all
of the goods or services covered by the EU trade mark application, the application shall be
refused as regards those goods or services.
- The application shall not be refused before the applicant has been allowed the opportunity
to withdraw or amend the application or to submit his observations. To this effect, the
Office shall notify the applicant of the grounds for refusing registration and shall specify a
period within which he may withdraw or amend the application or submit his observations.
Where the applicant fails to overcome the grounds for refusing registration, the Office shall
refuse registration in whole or in part.