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Impact of Brexit on EU Trade Mark rights holders


As it currently stands, upon conclusion of the negotiation period (April 2019), when Britain leaves the European Union current EU Trade Mark and Design registrations will cease to have effect in the UK.  As a firm we agree with the official stance of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), in expecting there to be transitional arrangements put in place to ensure that existing protection is not lost. There are well over one million EU Trade Marks on the EUIPO’s register, all of which are currently enforceable in the UK.  The government must take positive action to ensure that these [...]

Impact of Brexit on EU Trade Mark rights holders2017-10-13T16:42:43+01:00

Changes to EU Trade Mark practice – October 2017


A number of changes have been introduced to the EU Trade Mark system over the past few months.  These came about due to “Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation” (or “the Amending Regulation” for short) entering into force on 23 March 2016.  Secondary legislation was required for many of the amendments, and many of those provisions only come into force on 01 October 2017.  This bulletin focuses on the changes being introduced October 2017. That’s the technical jargon out of the way!  So, what are we talking about?  […]

Changes to EU Trade Mark practice – October 20172017-10-13T16:42:04+01:00

UK to Proceed with UPC Ratification


It has been announced by UK IPO (United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office) that the UK will proceed with ratification of the UPC agreement. It is expected that this process will take around 3 to 4 months, but this will mean that the new system could be up and running by the Autumn of 2017. This development is somewhat surprising, but signals that the UK government is still supportive of the proposed new system and sees it as a good thing for business. It is not yet clear how the planned “BREXIT” will affect the UK’s status going forward, but again it [...]

UK to Proceed with UPC Ratification2016-11-28T17:18:59+01:00

The Meaning of Brexit


10 KEY POINTS ON BREXIT IN THE WORLD OF IP The UK will remain part of the EU until the exit negotiations have been completed. Negotiations can only begin once notice is given to the EU. This is known as “triggering Article 50”. The UK government planned to do this by the end of March 2017, but a recent court decision has ruled that this can only be done by way of a vote in parliament. Assuming the government wins the vote and Article 50 is invoked, then negotiations will last at least two years. The UK will no longer be able [...]

The Meaning of Brexit2018-02-16T11:34:30+01:00

Countering the counterfeits – a new option for trade mark owners


As many will be aware, take down notices (in which a rights holder can alert an on-line host that a website hosted by them is carrying unauthorised content) are available. In many countries, in order not to become liable themselves, the host needs to have a take down procedure in place so that once notified of the existence of infringing content on the offending website, the offending website is taken down until such time as the offending content is removed. Such processes typically benefit copyright owners rather than trade mark owners. Also, it can be difficult in certain cases to locate [...]

Countering the counterfeits – a new option for trade mark owners2018-02-16T11:34:31+01:00

Red Letter Day for Registered Designs


From 1st October 2016, a new fee structure comes into force benefitting those seeking to obtain Registered Design protection in the UK, and a revised renewal fee structure will make it more affordable for designers to maintain their registration for the full 25 year term. It is already possible to protect multiple designs in a single application, but the new fee structure benefits those filing to protect multiple designs. A fixed fee applies to applications including up to 10 designs with, a further reduced fee covering every additional set of 10 designs included in the same application.A unique feature of UK [...]

Red Letter Day for Registered Designs2018-02-16T11:34:31+01:00

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