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Archived updates for Thursday, January 18, 2007

UK Trade Mark Registry Proposes Legislation on Relative Grounds for Refusal

The UK Trade Mark Registry has published a Minister's Decision that proposes to no longer refuse to register a new trade mark application in the face of an earlier conflicting trade mark unless the owner of the earlier mark successfully opposes the new application. The Registrar’s examiners would, nevertheless, still conduct a search as part of the examination process and would inform both the applicant for registration of the results of the search and also the owners of earlier conflicting trade marks identified in it if, and when, the application proceeds to publication.

Stakeholders' opinions on the legislative changes required to bring this policy into practice must be submitted by March 12, 2007
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