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Alterations to services - trade marks and designs

Intellectual Property Office

August 17
06:15 2020

Applications for new trade marks and designs

For new applications you should use our online systems. Delays should be expected for any other form of filing. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 we have received an unprecedented increase in the number of trade mark filings. It is currently taking us longer to examine new applications than normal, with examination reports now being issued between 20-30 working days after filing.

Time periods for reply

We have now reverted to 2 month time periods to respond to examination reports. This will apply to reports issued from 31 July 2020 onwards. We will be flexible when it comes to allowing extensions if Covid-19 has caused you difficulties. There is no fee for requesting more time.

Replying to us

Customers responding to trade mark and design examination and hearing reports, and filing evidence, should use the reply button in the examination report or email address provided.

Publishing in the trade marks journal

All accepted trade marks are now being published for opposition purposes. Even those for which we need to notify owners of any UK earlier marks (and international marks with UK designation) by post. We will continue to send notifications by email if we have an email address recorded on our database. Please check junk folders for emails which may end up there.

Registration and registration certificates

The period of interruption which ended on 29 July caused a number of trade mark registrations to be delayed.We expect to register all delayed trade marks before the end of August, unless they have been opposed or received third party observations. We will register in chronological order with the oldest applications first. We will email registration certificates (if we have your email address).

International designations and applications

We continue to receive and process International registrations designating the UK. We will continue to communicate by email if we are able to locate an email address for the holder. If we cannot, we will post correspondence.

There are no longer any delays in our ability to process International applications (UK office of origin cases).

Applications for professional representation

Currently we can only receive electronic applications for professional representation before the EUIPO. We are also processing applications on a monthly block basis, rather than individually.

Please email applications for professional representation to paperformcontingency@ipo.gov.uk. Please use the subject line Professional Representation before EUIPO.

Further guidance is available on our dedicated pages for protecting your trade mark or design abroad.

We will continue to update this page with any changes to

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