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UK Trade Marks - Publication and Registration

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18 February 2010

Publication

The owners of the marks raised in the Examination report (see previous artilce on Examination) will written to and be given the opportunity to oppose the application during what is known as the publication stage which lasts for a period of two months.

n.b .The Examiner will notify the owners of earlier UK marks automatically and any owners of EU marks where they have opted-in to the notification service. Therefore, it will be for the holder of the earlier mark to seek to block the application if they so wish. This is intended to ensure that applications will only be blocked where they affect others' trading interests.

If an opposition is raised the applicant has the option to withdraw the application or fight the opposition. Before the applicant decides to fight the opposition it must be aware of the costs implications.

Registration

If no opposition is raised during the 2 month publication period the mark will become registered. The registration lasts for 10 years and can be renewed every 10 years after that.

The trade mark registration gives the owners an exclusive right to use the trade mark in relation to the relevant goods and services to which it is registered for.

Jody Tsigarides is a Solicitor who specialises in IP law. jody.tsigarides@lawdit.co.uk


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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.



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