CITMA: Why the UK is more than Brexit
rightclickstudios / Shutterstock.com
CITMA is celebrating a major victory on Brexit in the wake of the UKIPO’s latest “address for service” announcement. Kate O’Rourke of Mewburn Ellis reports.
On November 23, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) published new guidance on the requirements for an address for service for patents, trademarks and designs from the end of the Brexit transition period (December 31, 2020).
An address for service is the address that applicants and practitioners use to correspond with the UKIPO and also for the purpose of proceedings under IP legislation.
Up to 11 pm on December 31 2020, an address in the UK, the Channel Islands, or in any of the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) is acceptable. Following a campaign by the UK Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), new legislation will come into effect on January 1, 2021 which means that only representatives with an address in the UK (which includes the Isle of Man for this purpose), Gibraltar, or the Channel Islands (“a local address”) will be entitled to act on behalf of applicants at the UKIPO.
The rest of this article is locked for subscribers only. Please login to continue reading.
If you don't have a login, you will need to purchase a subscription to gain access to this article, including all our online content. Please use this link and follow the steps.
For multi-user price options, or to check if your company has an existing subscription to us that we can add you to for FREE, please email Atif Choudhury at firstname.lastname@example.org
UKIPO, CITMA, Brexit, EEA, Withdrawal Agreement, Mewburn Ellis