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Mrz 04, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 4/14)
United Kingdom
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Fast Track Examination Consultation Open

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has informed its users about a new public consultation on whether there is a need to re-introduce the fast track examination procedure.

The fast track examination service of trade marks came into effect in April 2008 and was suspended in 2009, due to a combination of low take up and the short time to examination using the standard procedure, at that time. In late 2012 the idea of reintroducing the service was raised but, since then, circumstances have changed and the introduction of a new IT processing system in early 2013 has meant that examination periods using the standard procedure are again very short.

For further information, please check here. Comments can be sent to '' until 15 April 2014.

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