From 1 October, brand owners can use the UK Intellectual Property Office’s new fast track procedure to object to later-filed trade marks.  It will run alongside the current opposition procedures with the objective of being a "procedure through which existing trade mark owners can oppose the registration of new trade marks at an affordable cost".

Key points about the fast track include:

  • limited to claims based on earlier, identical or similar, registered trade marks.
  • based on a maximum of three earlier rights.
  • A reduced fee of £100. (£200 for standard oppositions).
  • No general right for parties to request an oral hearing.

In addition to the already published information on the new process, the Office has now published a set of FAQs, User Guidance and detailed guidance regarding supplying evidence of use of the earlier right on which the opposition is based