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Reviewed 23 December 2008

Patent Office engages in further consultation on the future of examination of trade marks on relative grounds

The Patent Office is seeking the views of businesses on the order and rules which will bring into effect the new regime for examination of trade marks on relative grounds. This follows a consultation earlier this year on the options for a future system, the outcome of which was to move to a notification system whereby the Registrar will (after conducting a search) notify the trade mark applicant and the owner of any earlier marks about any potential conflicts.

The consultation PDF document(425Kb) can be accessed through this website and will be open until 12 March 2007.

Editor notes

  • In February 2006, the UK Trade Marks Registry published a consultation paper on how we should deal with the relative grounds for refusal contained in Section 5 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 ("the Act"). The consultation period ended on 17 May 2006. A copy of the consutation response PDF document(54Kb) document can be found on this website.
  • For further information on the consultation, please contact Oliver Morris:
Intellectual Property Office
Concept House
Cardiff Road
South Wales
NP10 8QQ
United Kingdom

Fax: +44 (0) 1633 814122
Tel: +44 (0) 1633 814287

  • Browse this website for more general information on patents, trade marks, copyright and design registrations.

Date of release: 18 December 2006

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