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