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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Aug 12, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 10/11)
United Kingdom
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End of Reclassifications

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) will cease reclassification of trademark registrations effective October 31st, 2011.

The Registrar offered proprietors with UK domestic registrations in Class 42 the opportunity to reclassify the services affected by the restructuring of the Nice Classification. In some cases this required a new class (or classes) to be added to the registration.
The benefits of reclassifying the UK domestic registrations are questionable as Community Trade Marks and International Registrations (designating the UK) are not being reclassified.

Therefore, the UKIPO stops to reclassify trademark registrations. Up to (and including) this date, any owner of a trade mark registration who wishes to have their registration considered for reclassification may contacting the UKIPO. For more information please click here

Source: Marks & Clerk LLP, United Kingdom