On 25 January 2023 the UKIPO announced that it was changing its procedures relating to the handling of UK designations of International Registrations with immediate effect.
Pending Applications and Opposition Proceedings
When a UK Designation of an International Registration is opposed, the UKIPO will send a notice to WIPO setting a deadline of two months for the filing of a Defence and Counterstatement. Notice will also be sent to the WIPO representative, or the holder if there is no WIPO representative. The holder or WIPO representative may file a Defence and Counterstatement without appointing a UK address for service but in order to defend the Opposition further the holder will require a UK address for service. If the Defence and Counterstatement does not comply with the UK rules it may be rejected, leading to potential refusal of the application. Read more