Legal Updates - Trade Mark and Design Amendments

Intellectual Property – Trade Marks and Registered Designs (Amendment) Rules 2013 – Amendments – Trade Marks Rules 2008 – Registered Designs Rules 2006


The Trade Marks and Registered Designs (Amendment) Rules 2013 make changes to both the Trade Marks Rules 2008 and the Registered Designs Rules 2006. The changes, which are set to take effect from 31 March 2013, are outlined below.


Amendment to Trade Marks Rules 2008

With regards to opposition proceedings, the time period for filing a counter statement now runs from the day after the “notification date” and run for two months. The “notification date” is the date upon which form TM7 is sent to the applicant for the applicant to submit the grounds of opposition.


Amendment to Registered Designs Rules 2006

With regards to the conditions relating to security of costs, the following illustrates the amendments to rule 23(2) by way of strikethrough and square brackets:


(2) The conditions are—

(a) the person is resident outside the United Kingdom but [not resident in] —

(i) not resident in a Brussels Contracting State,

(ii) a Lugano Contracting State, or

(iii) a Regulation State,

as defined in section 1(3) of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982.


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© RT COOPERS, 2013. This Briefing Note does not provide a comprehensive or complete statement of the law relating to the issues discussed nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight general issues. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in relation to particular circumstances.


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