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Brexit: UK address for service to be required for UK IP rights

The UK IPO have confirmed that from 1 January 2021, any new trade mark, design or patent applications or oppositions filed will require a UK address for service. This is subject to the parliamentary timetable allowing the change to be implemented. For the UK IP profession this is a very positive and welcome development. We would be delighted to ass...
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Register your designs and avoid the headaches and politics of unregistered rights

In the EU, a designer is able to benefit from both unregistered and registered design rights. Although cheap and easy to obtain, many designers have chosen to rely on registered designs only for the more important designs/products and fall back on unregistered rights for the rest. However, that may not be possible in certain situations as of 1 Janu...
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File Direct for UK Trade Mark Protection

To get trade mark protection in the UK, you will, from today, need to file protection nationally and not rely on protection from a new EU application. You no longer stand any mathematical chance of registering at EU trade mark before the end of the transition period. The EUIPO is not open for business from 24-31 December, and any official dead...
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