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Act Now to Record Your UK Address for Service

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.

We advise strongly that trade mark owners act now to safeguard their rights by recording a UK address for service.

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Like most areas of law, Intellectual Property can appear daunting and complex. There are a great many practice areas, subjects and procedures. The SH&P “A-Z” Intellectual Property glossary is a free and easy to use glossary of legal terms commonly used and associated with IP. We hope that it will help you better understand this topic. All of the entries include contact details for SH&P expert advisers. Alternatively, you can request a free, no obligation, IP Consultation and Review here if you require more information or have a particular issue you would like us to help you with.

Revocation is another form of cancellation of a registered trade mark. Unlike invalidation, the grounds are limited to acts which occur after registration.

A successful revocation will establish the exact date upon which the proprietor loses its registered rights. The proprietor will technically maintain its earlier infringement rights which may have occurred prior to the actual date of cancellation, so it is an important aspect of revocation to correctly identify the date from which cancellation is being sought as any use of a conflicting mark that pre-dates the revocation may still be deemed an infringement.

  • The most common grounds for revocation are:-Five years’ non-use of the mark from registration (or any continuing period of five years non-use thereafter);
  • The mark has become a common term in the trade due to the action or inaction of the proprietor (and essentially has ceased to act as an indication of origin); or
  • The use of the mark is likely to mislead the public, in particular with regard to the nature, quality, geographic origin of the goods/services (and essentially has ceased to act as an indication of origin).

Revocation actions may be partial in respect of some or all of the goods and services covered by the registration.


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