1.In order to establish that a trade mark has acquired distinctive character following the use that had been made of it within the meaning of Article 3(3) of Directive 2008/95, is it sufficient for the applicant for registration to prove that at the relevant date a significant proportion of the relevant class of persons recognise the mark and associate it with the applicant's goods in the sense that, if they were to consider who marketed goods bearing that mark, they would identify the applicant; or must the applicant prove that a significant proportion of the relevant class of persons rely upon the mark (as opposed to any other trademarks which may also be present) as indicating the origin of the goods?
2.Where a shape consists of three essential features, one of which results from the nature of the goods themselves and two of which are necessary to obtain a technical result, is registration of that shape as a trade mark precluded by Article 3(1)(e)(i) and/or (ii) of Directive 2008/95?
3.Should Article 3(1)(e)(ii) of Directive 2008/95 be interpreted as precluding registration of shapes which are necessary to obtain a technical result with regard to the manner in which the goods are manufactured as opposed to the manner in which the goods function?The UK Intellectual Property Office wants to know what you think about these questions, so the British government can decide whether to indulge in a spot of participation. If you would like to comment on this case please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 June 2014 [sorry about the short notice: this Kat got to hear of this a few days ago, but hasn't had a chance till now to let everyone know].
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[this small but subtle point may be of interest to European Patent Office employees]. In any event, if you want to participate in this process, here's the link.
now. There is also a Facebook page ...