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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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02-28-2018 (Newsletter Issue 4/18)
United Kingdom
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Consultation on Changes to UK Trademark Law


The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a consultation on changes to UK Trade Mark law. These changes result from the Trade Mark Directive 2015 which helps to minimise the differences between national and EU trademark systems.

It includes a draft statutory instrument, and discussion of some issues of particular interest. These include removal of the requirement to graphically represent trademarks, restriction of the ‘own name defence’ to individuals, and removing expired marks from the ‘list’ of earlier rights notified to applicants.

The IPO is seeking views on the proposed legislative changes until April 16, 2018. The following email address TMDirective@ipo.gov.uk may be used.

For further information, please see here


Source: www.gov.uk