Wednesday, February 1 2023   \  Published by Venner Shipley.

International trade mark and design registrations – change to UKIPO handling procedure

International trade mark and design registrations – change to UKIPO handling procedure

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

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