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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Feb 15, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 7/10)
United Kingdom
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Trademark Invalidation Proceedings Changed

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has its handling of trademark invalidation proceedings. The Hearing Officer’s decision will no longer be made on paper. The parties or their legal representatives will be required to attend a full hearing before any decision is made. This is the position only where the challenge to the trademark is made on relative grounds. The IPO’s new approach will likely increase costs for brand owners bringing or defending invalidation proceedings.

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Source: Hammonds LLP, London, UK