Brexit Update – UK Address for Service requirement from January 1st 2021
Following a consultation undertaken by the UKIPO in relation to the removal of “EEA” references from the UKIPO’s Address for Service Rules, it has been announced today that subject to legislative implementation, anyone filing a new application or requesting to start a contentious proceeding before the UKIPO will require to have a UK or Channel Islands address for service.
This change is set to apply across all types of Intellectual Property – Trade Marks, Designs and Patents.
Mark Hickey, Managing Director, Trade Marks commented: “This is great news for any individual or business looking to undertake trade mark or design filings in the UK as it maximises access to highly qualified and experienced UK attorneys with the regulated national skill set to deliver the advice required. Fortunately at Murgitroyd we have a wealth of experience in trade marks, designs and patents and we look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our current and future clients in the post Brexit world.”
Joanne Lecky, Regional Head, Trade Marks, EEA commented: “We are also in the fortunate position of having 5 offices in the EU (Dublin, Milan, Munich, Helsinki and Nice), these offices are staffed by attorneys who have been with the company for a long period of time. As such, regardless of Brexit, our firm is able to assist you with continued and seamless representation before the EUIPO for all aspects of trade mark and design filing and prosecution, opposition matters or renewals, as well as in the UK before the UKIPO.”
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