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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.

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AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals from law firms, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property.

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Association was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues.

With nearly 14,000 members, AIPLA is actively involved in shaping US intellectual property policy through its work on legislation, federal regulations, and intellectual property cases in the US courts.

In addition to AIPLA members from North America, the Annual Meeting well attended by intellectual property practitioners from Europe, Australia and the Far East.

Abdulmalik Lawal will be attending this year’s AIPLA Annual Meeting on behalf of Franks & Co, with a remit to nurture reciprocal relationships with existing foreign associates, meet and foster relationships with new foreign associates, and gain new insights into foreign legal developments and practice for the benefit of our current and future clients.

Article Published October 12, 2017