4. Effect of a disclaimer on examination

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A disclaimer, whether voluntary or imposed, does not affect examination.


4.1 No account is taken of a disclaimer during the examination process.

4.2 Existing disclaimers will be treated in the same way as voluntary disclaimers. (At commencement of the new legislation, disclaimers entered as particulars of trade marks on the old register became particulars of the trade marks on the new Register).

4.3 Disclaimers are not to be considered in determining whether amendments to the representation of a trade mark are allowable. Any requested addition or deletion of part of a trade mark should be assessed without regard to any disclaimer attached to that part.

4.4 Disclaimers are not to be considered in determining whether the trade mark as a whole is capable of distinguishing. A disclaimer does not affect the inherent capacity, or otherwise, of a trade mark to distinguish.

4.5 Previous practice of comparing trade marks as a whole for citation purposes, irrespective of disclaimers, continues.