Wednesday, March 8 2023   \  Published by Pinsent Masons.

Global brand owners risk losing IP rights without a UK address

Global brand owners risk losing IP rights without a UK address

Multinational businesses based outside the UK should urgently appoint a UK-based representative to be the point of contact for UK designations of their internationally registered trade marks and designs, an expert has said.

Triona Desmond of Pinsent Masons said the action is necessary after the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) announced an immediate change to the way it will communicate with holders of UK designations of international registrations (IRs) when invalidation, revocation, rectification and opposition proceedings are lodged against them.

The UKIPO confirmed that it will no longer serve documents relating to those proceedings to non-UK addresses for holders of UK designations of international registrations (IRs).

“With immediate effect, the UKIPO will change its practice in relation to contentious actions involving holders of UK designations of IRs for trade marks and designs,” Desmond said. “In short, IR holders will now need a valid UK address for service. Without one, they risk being deemed unsuccessful in the action by default and potentially losing their registered or pending rights.” Read more

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