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UNITED KINGDOM: Trademark Applications Published More Often

Published: June 9, 2021

Leighton Cassidy

Leighton Cassidy Fieldfisher LLP London, UK, and Dublin, Ireland INTA Bulletins—Europe Subcommittee

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Nina O'Sullivan

Nina O'Sullivan Mishcon de Reya London, UK INTA Bulletins—Europe Subcommittee

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) announced in April 2021 that it intends to increase the frequency of the publication of UK trademark applications. The change means that the UKIPO will publish trademarks for opposition potentially every weekday.

There has been an increase in the number of UK trademarks being filed in recent months, the UKIPO has reported, leading to a substantial increase in trademarks published in the Trade Marks Journal each week.

The increase is likely a result of applicants filing more UK applications now that the Brexit transition period with the European Union is at an end. EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) cover the 27 EU member states and no longer cover the jurisdiction of the UK.

EUTMs that were pending on January 1, 2021, can be re-filed in the UK up to and including September 30, 2021 (and retain the priority/filing date of the EUTM). These will be examined and published by the UKIPO.

The greater frequency of publication will also bring the UKIPO in line with the practice of other intellectual property organizations that publish more regularly. The UKIPO has taken steps to ensure its systems are able to cope with more frequent publications. The Office planned to introduce the changes as soon as technically possible.

The UKIPO has informally advised of the change of practice though there is no formal consultation on the change.

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