Article 21

1. Inspection of files relating to EU trade mark applications or registered EU trade marks by courts or authorities of the Member States shall be of the original documents or of copies thereof, or of technical means of storage if the files are stored in this way.


2. The Office shall, at the time of transmission of files relating to EU trade marks applied for or registered, or copies thereof, to the courts or public prosecutors' offices of the Member States, indicate the restrictions to which the inspection of those files is subject pursuant to Article 114 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1001.


3. Courts or public prosecutors' offices of the Member States may, in the course of proceedings before them, open files or copies thereof transmitted to them by the Office to inspection by third parties. Such inspection shall be subject to Article 114 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1001.