Abolition Of Relative Grounds Examination In The U.K.

Law360, New York (November 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- New U.K. legislation which came into force on 1 Oct. 2007 has heralded major changes in the way that U.K. trademark applications are examined. The U.K. Intellectual Property Office ("UK-IPO") has abolished the 'relative grounds' objection, when the register was examined for earlier conflicting trademarks.

The UK-IPO will now allow a trademark application to progress to registration and will only notify owners of certain earlier trademarks of a conflict. Increased vigilance will be required by owners of registered trademarks and pending applications to prevent the registration...
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