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Regulation for Implementing the Design Law No. 129/1992, Romania

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REGULATION for Implementing the Design Law No. 129/1992

CHAPTER I

Protection Conditions
ARTICLE 1
Legal Protection of Designs

The legal protection of designs shall be ensured according to the provisions of the Design Law No. 129/1992, as republished1), while observing the conventions, treaties and agreements to which Romania is a party.

ARTICLE 2
Definitions. Abbreviations


Within the meaning of the present regulation, the terms and expressions below are

defined as follows:
a) Locarno Agreement Locarno Agreement concerning the international classification
of designs, signed on the 8th of October, 1968 and revised on the 28th of September,
1979, to which Romania adhered through the Law no. 3/1998;

b) B.O.P.I D.M. Official Industrial Property Bulletin, Design Section;

c) Paris Convention Paris Convention for industrial property protection of the 20th of March 1883, ratified by Romania through the Decree no. 1,177/1968 issued by the State Council; d) international application application for design registration, drawn up according to the

provisions of the Hague Agreement;
e) application application for design registration;
f) international classification design classification according to the Locarno Agreement;
g) filing date date of receiving with the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM)

the documents necessary for constituting the regular filing, according to Art. 12 of the Law; h) priority date date of the first filing of the application for registration of the design, irrespective of the national competent authority that constituted the application filing or of the

date of displaying the design in an international exhibition, under the conditions stipulated by the Paris Convention;

i) regular deposit the application for registration of a design accompanied by the design description and the graphical representations thereof, or by specimens, where appropriate;

j)multiple deposit the deposit containing several designs intended to be incorporated in the same category of products and which belong to the same class of the international classification, according to the provisions of Art. 14 of the Law;

k)description brief presentation in writing of the characteristic elements concerning the outer aesthetic aspect of the design and of the novel elements thereof, in the conditions provided for in Art. 12;

n( �/span> examiner specialist of O.S.I.M. whose basic attribution is to examine the applications for registration of the designs;

m) law the Law no. 129/1992, as republished;

n) O.H.I.M. the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, with the headquarters in AlicanteSpain, having attributions concerning the Community trademark and design;

o) W.I.P.O. Word Intellectual Property Organization;

p) person concerned any person having a legitimate interest in connection with the mentioned design and whose interests could be prejudiced by the registration thereof;

q) publication rendering available for the public by any means;

r) successor in title any natural person or legal entity that has been transmitted either the right to be granted the design registration certificate or the rights deriving from the application for registration or from the registration of a design;

s) informed user the user that is informed or competent in the field of use of the product on which the design is applied or which incorporates said design;

t) Design Divisionthe specialized division within O.S.I.M, with attributions in carrying on the procedures concerning the registration of designs.

ARTICLE 3
Time Limits

(1) The time limits shall be the ones provided for in the law and in the present regulation.

(2)
Failure to observe the time limits concerning the completions requested by O.S.I.M. brings about the refusal of registration.
(3)
The time limits established on days shall comprise calendar days and shall not include either the starting day or the ending day of the time limit.
(4)
The time limits established in years, months or weeks shall end on the day of the year, month or week corresponding to the starting day.
(5)
The time limit which, starting on the dates of 29th, 30th and 31st of the month, shall expire in a month which has no such a day shall be deemed to expire on the first day of the subsequent month; the time limits expiring on a statutory holiday or when the Office is not open to public shall be extended till the end of the subsequent work day.
(6)
The time limits notified by O.S.I.M. by mail shall start to run on the post office stamp date.
(7)
The documents of the procedure sent by mail to O.S.I.M shall be deemed to be fulfilled in due time if they were submitted to the post office prior to the date of expiration of the time limit.
(8)
A time limit relating to an application or a certificate for registration granted by O.S.I.M. based on the present regulation may be extended by O.S.I.M provided that the following conditions are fulfilled cumulatively:

a) there exists a justified request signed by the applicant or holder, before the expiration of the time limit;

b) the legal fee is paid at the time of filing the request with O.S.I.M.

(9)
O.S.I.M. shall notify the applicant in writing about the approval or refusal of the request for extension of the time limit.
(10)
The provisions of paragraph (8) shall not apply in the following conditions:
a) invocation of the priority stipulated in Art. 1618 of the law;
b) payment of the fees for registration and publication;
c) filing an opposition according to Art. 21 of the law;
d) formulating an appeal according to Art. 24 of the law.





(11)
When the applicant or the registration certificate holder is in the situation provided in Art. 29 of the Law, O.S.I.M. may dispose the reinstatement within the time limit if the following conditions are fulfilled cumulatively:

a) a request signed by the applicant or holder is filed with O.S.I.M, within the time limit under Art. 29 paragraph (1) of the law;

b) the request shall contain the grounds for which the time limit has not been observed;

c) the legal fee shall be paid at the time of filing the request; the fee shall be paid in the amount provided for by the law for revalidation;

d) within the time limit provided for in Art. 29 paragraph (1) of the law proofs in sustaining the request for reinstatement shall be filed with O.S.I.M.

(12) The answer relating to the request for reinstatement shall be transmitted to the applicant or the professional representative.

ARTICLE 4
Official Language


(1)
The application for registration of the design shall be filed with O.S.I.M. in Romanian language; all the legal procedures shall be carried out in the Romanian language.
(2)
The foreign natural persons or legal entities shall file all the documents in the Romanian language.
(3)
Documents consisting in publications, used as evidence in the procedures before O.S.I.M., may be filed in any language, provided that their translation into Romanian language is filed within one month, at the most, from filing.

ARTICLE 5
Conditions for Obtaining Protection

(1)
A design may be registered if the following conditions are fulfilled cumulatively: a) it constitutes a design within the meaning of Art. 2 letters d), i) and j) of the law;
b) it is new;
c) it has an individual character.


(2)
A design shall be considered to be new if no identical design has been made available to the public before the date of filing of the application for registration or, if a priority is claimed, prior to the date of priority.
(3)
Making a design available to the public under the conditions of Art. 7 paragraph (1) of the law may be taken into consideration only if this has a certain date.
(4)
The knowledge rendered available to the public by oral means, by use or by any other means is taken into consideration only if it is confirmed by a document containing the same and proving its being rendered available to the public and the moment of its being rendered available to the public; the document may be subsequent to the date of the public oral disclosure, use or presentation by any other means, the relevant date being the date when the knowledge became available to the public.
(5)
Within the meaning of Art. 6 of the law, a design has an individual character if the overall impression it produces on the informed user differs from the one produced on such a user by any other design rendered available to the public before the date of filing the application for registration or before the priority date, if a priority has been claimed.

CHAPTER II

Right to the Grant of Registration Certificates

ARTICLE 6

Right to the Grant of Registration Certificates

(1)
If several persons have created the same design independently from one another, the right to be granted and issued the registration certificate shall vest in the person who first filed the application for registration with O.S.I.M.; if a priority has been recognized, the right shall vest in the person whose application has the earliest priority date.
(2)
If several persons have jointly created a design, the right to be granted the registration certificate shall vest equally in them, unless otherwise stipulated in the contract.
(3)
The contracts with a creative mission are those contracts which provide the creative mission explicitly or implicitly.
(4)
Employment Duties shall be deemed those attributions provided for in the employment contract or in the annexes recognized or signed by the employee; the job description shall not be taken into consideration except where it is an integral part of the employment contract.
(5)
Where the design has been created as a consequence of a contract with creative mission, the right to be granted the registration certificate shall vest in the person who commissioned the carrying out of the design, unless otherwise stipulated in the contract.
(6)
Where the designs are carried out by employees within their explicitly entrusted employment duties, the right to be granted and issued the registration certificate shall vest in the employer, unless otherwise stipulated in the contract.

ARTICLE 7

5

Presumption in Favour of the Applicant

Up to the proof to the contrary, the applicant shall be presumed to have the right to be granted the design registration certificate, according to Art. 4 of the law.

CHAPTER III

Registration Procedure

ARTICLE 8

Filing the Applications for Registration of Designs with O.S.I.M.

(1) An application for registration of a design may be filed by any person:

a) directly at the General Registry of O.S.I.M;

b) by mail;

c) in electronic form or by electronic means, provided that the provisions of Art. 11 are fulfilled; with a view to filing and examining the applications and other documents in electronic form or by electronic means, the Director General of

O.S.I.M shall issue instructions.

(2)
O.S.I.M. shall acknowledge the receiving of the application in one of the forms stipulated under paragraph (1), the date and the filing number to the applicant. Where the application is transmitted by other means than the ones stipulated under paragraph (1), the application shall not be taken into consideration and the filing thereof shall not be acknowledged.
(3)
Where there are several applicants, O.S.I.M. shall have correspondence only with the first applicant inscribed in the application, unless one of them is expressly designated as contact person or a professional representative has been appointed. Where the first applicant is a legal entity, an employer thereof may be designated as a contact person.
(4)
O.S.I.M. shall mark the date of filing/receiving and the number of filing/receiving on the application and on all the annexes and shall point out by signing the received documents.
(5)
After filing/receiving the application, O.S.I.M. shall check the fulfilling of the legal conditions in respect of the grant of the regular national deposit date and shall notify the applicant the ascertained drawbacks.
(6)
Where the submitted application and the annexes fulfill the legal conditions provided for in Art. 12 of the law, the application shall be entered in the Register of Filed Applications.
(7)
If the application fails to fulfill the minimum conditions stipulated under Art. 12 paragraph (2) of the law for the grant of the deposit and if the deficiencies are not remedied within the granted period of time, the application and the annexes shall be returned to the applicant, on the expenses thereof, O.S.I.M. keeping a copy as witness.

ARTICLE 9

International Deposits

(1)
The international deposits shall be constituted by transmitting the application and annexes, in compliance with the Hague Agreement, directly to W.I.P.O. or through O.S.I.M by the Romanian or foreign applicants which have a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in Romania, according to Art. 3 of the Paris Convention.
(2)
If an international deposit is registered by more applicants, at least one whereof fulfilling the provisions of paragraph (1), the application shall be filed.
(3)
The international deposit shall be drawn up by the applicant while observing the provisions of the Hague Agreement and of the Implementing Regulation thereof; the application form to be filled in by the applicant, is the one elaborated by the International Bureau of W.I.P.O.
(4)
O.S.I.M. will send the whole documentation to the International Bureau of

W.I.P.O. and will inform the applicant about the filing, provided that the applicant pays, to the benefit of O.S.I.M., a fee equal to the amount of the registration fee cumulated with that of the examination fee.

(5)
The fees provided for by the Hague Agreement and the Implementing Regulation thereof will be paid by the applicant directly to the International Bureau of W.I.P.O.
(6)
A copy of the international deposit registered with O.S.I.M. shall be kept as witness and shall not be available to the public.
(7)
After transmitting the international application to the International Bureau of W.I.P.O, the applicant will have the whole correspondence, directly or through a professional representative, with the International Bureau of W.I.P.O. and will follow the registration procedure in the designated States.

ARTICLE 10 Confidentiality of Application for Design Registration

(1)
O.S.I.M. shall assure and shall be responsible for the confidentiality of the data contained in the applications for registration of designs and of the graphic representations annexed to the application, from the date of submitting the same to the General Registry of O.S.I.M. up to the date of their publication in B.O.P.I Designs, according to Art. 20 of the law.
(2)
Disclosure by the applicant or author of the data contained in the application shall not incur the responsibility of O.S.I.M.

ARTICLE 11

Conditions to be Fulfilled by the Application

(1)
The application for registration of a design shall be filled in by typing in two copies on a standardized form, established by the instructions issued by the Director General of O.S.I.M.
(2)
The standardized form provided under paragraph (1) shall be rendered available to applicants, free of charge, by O.S.I.M.:

a) directly from the General Registry of O.S.I.M.;

b) on O.S.I.M. website.

(3)
The application for registration of a design shall contain all the elements provided for under Art. 10 of the law and shall be signed in the original; otherwise, the application will be treated as a simple correspondence.
(4)
Where the applicant is a legal entity, both the statutory form thereof and the State whose law governs the organic statute thereof shall be specified .
(5)
Where the applicant is a foreign natural person or legal entity, there shall be indicated the citizenship and denomination of the State where he/she has the domicile or, the denomination of the State in which the applicant has an establishment within the meaning of Art. 3 of the Paris Convention , as the case may be.
(6)
The signature applied on a document transmitted in copy or by facsimile shall be taken into consideration only if within one month at the most of the date of transmittal, the document is sent to O.S.I.M. in the original.
(7)
No erasures, corrections, added words or lines shall be accepted in the application for registration without having them certified on the original copy by the applicant.
(8)
The applications not allowing to identify the applicant, the address or the registered office thereof shall be refused according to Art. 12 paragraph (3) of the law.
(9)
The title of the design and the denomination of the product incorporating the design shall be expressed in Romanian by general and known notions,, without commercial codes and type sizes, in compliance with the international classification.
(10)
The application shall contain the data and documents provided for by the law; other documents or materials submitted in addition shall be rendered available to the applicant, by O.S.I.M., within 6 months, thereafter they shall be destroyed.

ARTICLE 12

Description

(1)
The design description according to Art. 10 paragraph (1) letter e) of the law, shall be made directly on the application or on the signed annexes and shall contain exclusively the characteristic elements of the aesthetic aspect as well as the novel elements that can also be found in the graphic representations annexed to the application.
(2)
The description shall not contain: technical or functional details, technical characteristics, dimensions, items or sizes.
(3)
In case of a multiple deposit, a description shall be drawn up for each design while fulfilling the provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2).
(4)
The description of a design shall contain maximum 100 words.
(5)
If the description does not fulfill one of the conditions stipulated under paragraphs (1) (4), as the case may be, this shall not be taken into consideration and O.S.I.M. shall request a new description which shall be submitted within maximum 30 days of the date of the request.
(6)
If, after remedying, the description does not fulfill the provisions of paragraphs
(1)
and (2) either, it shall not be published or, if, after remedying, the description does not fulfill the provisions of paragraph (3), the application shall be rejected according to Art. 12 paragraph (3) of the law.

ARTICLE 13

Graphic Representations

(1) The graphic representations that are filed together with the application may be:

a) professional grade blackandwhite or colour photographs of sufficient contrast to permit their reproduction by typographic methods;

b) professional grade blackandwhite or colour graphic representations carried out by means of drawing instruments, in China ink on tracing paper or on high quality opaque white paper.

(2)
The design shall be represented in perspective without other accessories (persons, animals, plants, etc).
(3)
The graphic representations shall have minimum dimensions 60 x 60 mm or a multiple thereof, but maximum 180 x 240 mm.
(4)
The originals of the graphic representations shall be signed and, where appropriate, stamped by the applicant of the application for registration.
(5)
If the same product is represented in several positions or from different angles, the numbering shall comprise two figures separated by a point (for example 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc for the first design and 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 etc for the second design). This numbering shall be written on the original; the designs representing an assembly shall be numbered as follows: assembly 1A and the component parts of the assembly shall be numbered 2A, 3A etc.
(6)
The following shall be refused registration as graphic representations:

a) technical drawings presenting the product in crosssection, schematically or in rupture plane with dimensions, with explanatory texts or legends;

b) graphic representations that cannot be reproduced by typographic methods .

(7)
Graphic representations shall completely render the design that is the subject of the application for registration, so as to highlight the aesthetic characteristics thereof; graphic representations shall be of sufficient quality to highlight all the design details and to allow publication.
(8)
Where the graphic representations do not fulfill the provisions of paragraphs
(1)
(7), the application for registration shall be refused.
(9)
In case of a bidimensional design, the graphic representations may be attended by 3 specimens of maximum dimensions of 297 x 210 mm.
(10)
Perishable or harmful specimens shall be refused registration and shall be returned to the applicant.
(11)
In case of a multiple deposit it is possible for some designs to be attended by specimens in compliance with the provisions of paragraph (9).
(12)
The conditions in which the graphic representations may be filed in electronic format or by electronic means shall be established by instructions issued by the Director General of O.S.I.M., published in B.O.P.I. Designs.
(13)
Where after the preliminary examination other graphic representations are requested and the design is presented from other angles or in a different way as against the initial graphic representations, these shall not be taken into consideration.
(14)
In application of Art. 11 paragraph (1) of the law, the design details shall not be accepted registration.
(15)
Parts of the design for which exclusive rights are not claimed shall be represented in dotted line or excluded from the graphic representation.

ARTICLE 14

Representation before O.S.I.M.

(1)
In the procedures before O.S.I.M. the Romanian applicants or holders may be present in person or may be represented by a professional representative.
(2)
The applicant, holder, assigner or any other person concerned may be represented for any procedure concerning a design application or a registered design by a professional representative exercising the profession of industrial property attorney, either independently, or within an employment form provided for by the Government Ordinance no. 66/2000 concerning the organization and exercise of the profession of industrial property attorney, as republished.
(3)
The appointment of the professional representative shall be marked by writing on the application form and also by a power of attorney submitted to O.S.I.M. and bearing the applicant’s name and signature in the original.
(4)
The professional representative shall compulsorily submit a special power of attorney signed by the applicant, in the original.
(5)
The power of attorney shall expressly mention one or several applications for registration of designs by the design denomination and scope of mandate.
(6)
The power of attorney may be filed at the time of filing the application or within 15 days from filing the application; O.S.I.M. shall have correspondence with the applicant up to filing the power of attorney. In the case of a foreign applicant who has appointed a professional representative, the preliminary examination procedure shall not start up to submitting the power of attorney.
(7)
In case the applicant is represented by a professional representative, this may sign the application.
(8)
Where withdrawing or renouncing the application or any other requests, including the ones aiming at a transfer of rights are requested through the professional representative, these shall be made only based on a special mandate bearing the applicant’s signature in the original.
(9)
The applicant may only have one professional representative. If an application has more applicants and O.S.I.M. is communicated several professional representatives, O.S.I.M. shall only have correspondence with the first professional representative communicated.
(10)
Where a new professional representative is communicated to O.S.I.M., the entry related to the old professional representative shall be cancelled ex officio by O.S.I.M.
(11)
The addition or change of the professional representative in respect of a design application or a registered design shall be subject to the payment of a fee in the amount provided for by the law for the modifications in the legal status of the application.

ARTICLE 15

Multiple Deposit

(1)
A multiple deposit shall comprise up to 100 designs and may be filed in a single application, according to Art. 14 of the Law.
(2)
Each design of a multiple deposit shall be treated independently with regard to the procedures stipulated by the present regulation.
(3)
Each independent design may be reproduced, exploited, licensed, assigned or may be the object of a surrender, cancellation, renewal.
(4)
Upon request by O.S.I.M., the applicant shall be obliged to divide the application when the provisions of paragraph (1) and (2) are not fulfilled; dividing the application shall automatically bring about to dividing the deposit. The applicant shall submit an application for registration, in two copies, for each
design or group of designs fulfilling the provisions of the law and of the present regulation.
(5)
Where the applicant does not divide the application within 30 days from the examiner’s request, O.S.I.M. shall divide it ex officio and shall examine only the first application, while the others shall be rejected.
(6)
The divided applications filed with O.S.I.M. shall benefit by the deposit date of the application they were divided from and by the priority date thereof, provided that they contain the same designs contained in the initial deposit, without any modifications.

ARTICLE 16

Claiming Priority

(1)
The application may contain a statement wherein, according to art. 17 and 18, one or more priorities are claimed.
(2)
The conditions for claiming a priority and the effects of recognizing the claimed priority are the ones provided by the law and the Paris Convention.
(3)
Where a priority is claimed, the application shall state precisely:

a) date of the claimed priority;

b) number of the priority certificate, and the number of the warranty certificate issued by the exhibition organizer, respectively;

c) State in which the certificate has been issued.

(4) Where one or more priorities have been claimed in the application for registration, according to Art. 17, 18 of the law, for the priority recognition the following shall be cumulatively fulfilled:

a) one or more priority documents, in the original, and the legal fees shall be filed within 3 months, at the latest, from the date of filing the application, according to Art. 18 of the law;

b) the design for which priority is claimed shall be identical to the design for which protection is claimed.

(5) Claiming the priority as a consequence of the design having been displayed in an international exhibition, according to Art. 17 of the law, is justified based on the warranty certificate that shall contain:

a) name and address of the organizer of the exhibition wherein the design has been displayed;

b) denomination of the exhibition, address and duration thereof;

c) family name, given name and address of the natural person or denomination and registered office of the legal entity that has displayed the design in the exhibition;

d) duration of the public exhibition;

e) number and date of the warranty certificate, signature and stamp of the organizer of the exhibition;

f) a graphic representation of the exhibited design;

g) a description of the exhibited design.

(6)
Failure to fulfill the provisions of paragraphs (3), (4) and (5) shall determine the nonrecognition of the claimed priority.
(7)
Where the applicant for registration of the design invokes a right of priority belonging to another person, for the priority recognition it is necessary the filing with O.S.I.M. of an authorization from the priority right holder, proving that the applicant is entitled to claim priority of the first deposit. The time limit for filing the authorization is of 3 months at the most from priority claiming; otherwise,

O.S.I.M. shall not recognize the claimed priority.

ARTICLE 17

Regular Deposit

(1)
The regular national deposit shall be constituted by the application for registration and the description presented according to Art. 10 of the law and drawn up in Romanian, accompanied by the graphic representations of the designs. In case of twodimensional designs, the graphic representations may be accompanied by specimens.
(2)
All the applications for which the regular national deposit was constituted, according to Art. 12 of the law, shall be entered in the National Register of Filed Applications, on the provision of paying the legal filing fee stipulated by the law.

ARTICLE 18

Preliminary Examination

(1) The applications for registration of designs shall be subjected to preliminary examination under the following respects:

a) fulfilling the conditions provided for in Art. 19 of the law;

b) if the professional representative is entitled to represent the applicant before O.S.I.M.;

c) if the conventional priority is correctly invoked and upheld by priority documents filed with O.S.I.M.

(2)
Where the application contains additional data or is accompanied by other documents or materials than the ones stipulated in Art. 12 of the law, the application shall be examined without taking into consideration the additional elements; these additional materials may be returned, upon the applicant’s request, on the expenses thereof; after a 6month period, if these materials have not been requested by the applicant, O.S.I.M. shall destroy them and write this in a report attached to the file.
(3)
If following to the patent application examination O.S.I.M. has ascertained irregularities concerning the fulfilling of the conditions provided for by the law and the present regulation, these shall be notified to the applicant, granting him a onemonth period for remedying.
(4)
Where irregularities are not remedied within the legal time period or within the granted period of time, the application shall be rejected, according to Art. 19 paragraph (2) of the law, by the Examination Board within the Design Division or, as the case may be, the priority shall not be recognized.
(5)
The Board provided under paragraph (4) may take note of the application withdrawal up to the moment of publishing the application; mention of the withdrawal shall be entered in the Board’s Register of Decisions of the Design Division.
(6)
The Board shall consist of the head of the division or his deputy, a legally qualified member as examiner within the Design Division and the application examiner.

ARTICLE 19

Dividing the Deposits

(1)
Upon the applicant’s request, a multiple deposit may be divided into two or several deposits.
(2)
The applicant shall file with O.S.I.M. an application for registration of each design or group of designs.
(3)
The request for division shall be made by the applicant up to the publication of the application.
(4)
The divided applications shall only be filed for the elements not going beyond the initial application content.
(5)
The divided applications shall be deemed to have been filed at the initial application filing date.
(6)
The applications not fulfilling the multiple deposit conditions shall be treated in compliance with the provisions of Art. 19 paragraphs (4)(7) of the law.

ARTICLE 20
Connecting the Deposits

(1) Upon the applicant’s express request two or more applications for registration may be connected, provided that the following conditions are fulfilled cumulatively:

a) they have the same national deposit date;

b) they have the same applicants and authors;

c) the designs are intended to be incorporated in the same category of products according to the International Classification and fulfill the provisions of Art. 14 of the law.

(2) The request for connection shall be drawn up within maximum two months from the date of filing the application and shall be published in B.O.P.I.Designs.

ARTICLE 21
Classification of the Application

(1)
O.S.I.M. shall classify the application for registration of the design in compliance with the Locarno Agreement and shall write the class and subclass on each application and on other documents.
(2)
The application classification is carried out particularly for the purpose of performing the documentary search with regard to novelty.

ARTICLE 22
Publication of the Application for Design Registration

(1)
The reference data of the application for registration of the design as well as the graphic representation thereof for which the regular filing was constituted shall be published in B.O.P.IDesigns, within maximum 4 months from the date of constituting the regular deposit.
(2)
The reference data to be published in B.O.P.I.Designs are the following: (21) Number of the national deposit; (22) Date of the national deposit; (43) Date of publication; (71) Name and address of the applicant; (74) Name and address of the professional representative; (72) Name of author; (54) Design denomination;
(28)
Number of designs; (51) LOCARNO (7) Cl; (80) Number and date of the international registration; (57) Description of design; (3) (Claimed priority.
(3)
The graphic representations of the design shall be published at the dimensions required by the applicants, without going beyond the limits stipulated in paragraph (4); the representations may be published in black and white or in colour, subject to payment of the corresponding legal fee.
(4)
The dimensions of the graphic representations accepted for publication in a standard space shall be of minimum 60x60 mm or a multiple thereof, namely maximum 180x240 mm.
(5)
The description of the designs shall be published optionally subject to payment of the legal fees.
(6)
If the publication comprises, for reasons imputable to O.S.I.M., an error or the lack of some elements provided for in paragraph (1), O.S.I.M. shall proceed to rectifying the same ex officio or upon the applicant’s request; the rectifications performed shall be published in B.O.P.I.Designs, without the payment of a fee by the applicant.
(7)
Information written in the application with no connection to the design proposed to be registered shall not be published in B.O.P.I.Designs.
(8)
Within a multiple deposit the deferment of application publication can only be requested for all the designs and for the same time period, namely maximum 30 months from filing the application or from the date of priority, when this was claimed.
(9)
In B.O.P.IDesigns there are published the reference data of the international applications for which Romania has been designated. This publication does not produce legal effects, being performed for informative purpose.

ARTICLE 23

Opposition by Persons Concerned

(1)
Opposition may be filed by any person concerned, within two months of the date of publication of design, for the reasons stipulated under Art. 22 paragraph
(3)
of the law, within the examination procedure.
(2)
Opposition shall contain:

a) indications relating to the design against which the opposition is filed, namely the deposit number, applicant’s name or denomination and B.O.P.I.Designs in which the publication was made;

b) indications relating to the prior design or the previously acquired right on which the opposition is based, for each design;

c) documents indicated in the opposition document shall present the certain date and shall be published before the regular filing;

d) in the opposition document there shall be exactly indicated the design which is opposed (page, position in the opposable material, respectively); each opposition document and the documents upholding the same shall be filed in two copies, one for the Opposition Examination Board and one for the applicant;

e) mentions concerning the position and interest of the person filing the opposition;

f) presentation of reasons for which the opposition is filed;

g) where appropriate, the professional representative’s name or denomination and address or place of business, .

(3)
The materials submitted in upholding the opposition shall be available to the public, there being taken into consideration the date when they were displayed in places where the public may have taken note of, shall be filed in the original or in a copy certified for conformity.
(4)
Opposition to the registration of a design shall be filed within two months of the date of publication thereof in B.O.P.IDesigns and shall be filed at the General Registry of O.S.I.M. or by facsimile, with acknowledging of receipt by mail in the following 7 days.
(5)
Opposition shall not be considered if the provisions of paragraphs (1) (4) have not been fulfilled and the legal fee has not been paid.
(6)
Opposition formulated according to the provisions of Art. 21 of the law shall be settled by the Opposition Examination Board consisting of a chairman and two members.
(7)
Members of the Board under paragraph (6) are: a legally qualified member as examiner within the Design Division and the examiner of the application to which the opposition has been formulated.
(8)
Examiner of the application shall communicate the opposition to the applicant for this to present his/her viewpoint within 30 days at the most.
(9)
If the applicant fails to express his viewpoint, O.S.I.M. shall decide upon the opposition, based on the documents extant in the file.
(10)
If O.S.I.M. has ascertained that the opposition document does not fulfill the provisions of paragraph (3), it shall ask the person who formulated the opposition to remedy the ascertained irregularities within 15 days. If these have not been remedied within the granted time period, O.S.I.M. shall settle the opposition based on the documents extant in the file.
(11)
If it is deemed being necessary, the chairman of the Opposition Examination Board may invite the parties to the session established for settling the opposition.
(12)
The Opposition Examination Board may accept or reject the opposition, drawing up a report in relation thereto; this report shall be forwarded to the Design Examination Board for continuing the examination in respect of the fulfilling of the substantive conditions and shall be transmitted to the applicant and opponent.

ARTICLE 24

Substantive Examination of Applications for Registration of Designs Substantive Conditions

(1) The examiner shall examine whether the designs fulfill the following substantive conditions:

a) the subject of the application is a design according to Art. 2 letters d), i) and j) of the law;

b) the subject of the application is included in the provisions of Art. 8 and 9 of the law;

c) the design is new and has an individual character;

d) the application for registration constitutes an improper use of any of the objects mentioned in the list contained in Art. 6 ter of