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Okt 25, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 12/11)
United Kingdom
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Requirement to Attend Hearings on Invalidation on Relative Grounds


The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) issued Tribunal Practice Notice (3/2011) which updated TPN (6/2009) concerning the requirement to attend hearings in relation to applications for invalidation on relative grounds.
The registrar does not consider that a mandatory hearing in every such invalidation case is necessary or even beneficial. The registrar will, accordingly, review each invalidation action based on relative grounds, and either direct attendance at a hearing under rule 62(2), or alternatively, suggest instead that a decision be taken from the papers only. In the latter case, the parties will nevertheless retain their right to be heard if they wish.

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