• IP and BREXIT: The facts

    This guide offers information on the future of intellectual property (IP) laws following the decision that the UK will leave the European Union (EU). The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) continues to contribute fully to the government’s work towards exiting the EU. It has a clear goal of ensuring an effective... Continue reading

  • Trade mark applications made in bad faith

    On 19 September 2017, in a decision of Mr. Allan James issued on behalf of the Registrar, a trade mark application filed by CKL Holdings NV was refused following an opposition by a third party on the grounds that the application was filed in ‘bad faith’. The Hearing Officer determined... Continue reading

  • Patent examiner vacancies at the IPO

    Published 14 October 2014 Last updated 5 February 2018 + show all updates 5 February 2018 New patent examiner vacancies specialising in biotechnology, chemistry and electrical/electronic engineering added. 10 February 2017 New patent examiner vacancies specialising in biotechnology, chemistry and electrical/electronic engineering added. 2 June 2016 The Intellectual Property Office is... Continue reading

  • Manual of trade marks practice

    Published 3 March 2009 Last updated 5 February 2018 + show all updates 5 February 2018 The examination practice content has been divided into four individual parts. Part A: Introduction, Part B: Alphabetical list of examination practice, Part C: Notifications and Part D: Overcoming objections. 31 March 2016 Manual of trade... Continue reading

  • Changes to the manual of trade marks practice

    User feedback identified some errors, so we have corrected those errors and used the opportunity to make some further changes. The most noticeable change is the document’s structure. We have divided the examination practice content into four individual parts. They are as follows: part A: Introduction part B: Alphabetical list... Continue reading

  • Licensing bodies and collective management organisations

    Overview If you would like to use copyright material, you usually need to get permission from the rights holder to do so. Sometimes this can be obtained directly from the rights holder, but more often it is granted in the form of a licence from a licensing body. A licensing... Continue reading

  • Changes to IPO’s bank details

    Do you pay the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) by card, cheque, bank transfer or deposit account? If so, you will need to be aware of the recent changes to our bank account details. In order to align with new banking legislation, the IPO’s sort code and International Bank Account Number... Continue reading

  • Trade mark convergence programme: common practice notices

    Published 16 December 2015 Last updated 22 January 2018 + show all updates 22 January 2018 Common communication on representation of new types of trade marks 26 September 2016 Common Communication relating to the common practice on the general Indications of the Nice class headings v1.3 added. 1 January 2016 Trade... Continue reading

  • New Nancy and the Meerkats resources

    Nancy and the Meerkats, with the help of Big Joe, present a new radio series to engage pupils with the concept of intellectual property (IP). Aimed at primary education, the resource guides pupils through the process of setting up a band and recording and releasing a song, which is promoted... Continue reading

  • Notice: Patent Journal special notices: 6712

    These are notices which appear for a limited number of weeks. They include Intellectual Property policy announcements and recent additions to the British Library. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/patent-journal-special-notices-6712 Content Reproduced verbatim from the Website of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) as permitted under their Terms of Use.

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