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Author: Robin Webster

UK Address for Service Requirement for Trade Marks & Designs - New Rule Now In Force

  What is a "Comparable Right"? At "Brexit", the EUIPO took steps to withdraw the representational rights of all non-EU based representatives. On 1st January 2021, all registered EU trade marks and Community designs were "cloned" and re-registered, creating new and independent comparable UK trade mark registrations and comparable UK registered designs. These comparable rights were automatically entered on the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) register and must now be managed separately and renewed at the appropriate dates by…

Take Action NOW to Avoid Risk of Losing Comparable UK Trade Mark & Design Registrations

As from 1st January 2024, it will be necessary to record a UK address for service where new contentious proceedings are launched against a UK comparable trade mark or re-registered design. Failure to provide a UK address may result in a loss of rights. This means that it will be mandatory to record a valid UK-based representative as an address for service against any comparable right when that right is subject to a challenge by another party, such as for…

The Clock is Ticking - Take Action NOW to Avoid Risk of Losing Comparable UK Trade Mark & Design Registrations

  What is a "Comparable Right"? At "Brexit", the EUIPO took steps to withdraw the representational rights of all non-EU based representatives. On 1st January 2021, all registered EU trade marks and Community designs were "cloned" and re-registered, creating new and independent comparable UK trade mark registrations and comparable UK registered designs. These comparable rights were automatically entered on the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) register and must now be managed separately and renewed at the appropriate dates by…

SH&P Move to a Brand New Office!

L-R standing: Shaun Sherlock, Adam Cornford, Richard Turner, Josh Treadgold, Leona Walker, Ceili Williams, David Powell, Camille Bates, David Burborough, Robin Webster, Justyna Chojnowska, Paul Carlyle, Ana Roura, Sammy Cobbold, Gail Calder, Claire Bly, Peter Cornford, Bob Barnes, Vicky Jones, Leanne Rogers, Tina Rees-Pedlar, Rose Gilroy, Robert Gaunt L-R seated: Camila M Silva, Jill Cowles, Patrice Dwyer, Sian McHugh, Kalei McHugh, Timothy Jones Friday 14th July 2023 was a great day in the history of SH&P! After spending nearly four…

UK Customs 'Applications for Action' (AFA's)

Customs can help fight counterfeiting by detaining goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights. To ask customs to take action, IP right owners need to lodge an Application for Action or AFA. Before Brexit, two types of AFAs provided protection in the UK, namely: national AFAs and EU-wide AFAs. But since 1 January 2021, EU AFAs granted before the end of the Transition Period no longer have the same scope. Depending on where the EU AFA was granted, the Application…

UKIPO ends period of interrupted days and it's back to normal

(Updated 3rd July 2020) Following its regular review since 24th March of this year the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has now brought an end to the application of automatic extensions to all deadlines that had fallen on “interrupted” days. The system of interrupted days has been in direct response to the Coronavirus and its impact on businesses addressing matters before the UKIPO. Consequently, it has been announced that the sequence of interrupted days will cease as from 29th July…

Coronavirus update – 17th April 2020

The global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is having an impact on us all to a certain degree.  SH&P is committed to maintaining the health and welfare of its staff and to minimising any disruption of our services. The UK Government moved from a state of containment to one of delay and we are now in the midst of a "lockdown".  The Government's official approach and guidance to individuals and businesses will evolve rapidly over the coming weeks.  SH&P will continue to…

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