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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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A conference regarding a New Act of the Lisbon Agreement was held in Geneva from 11 to 21 May, 2015.

The Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a New Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration was held at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters.

The conference concluded successfully on May 21 with the adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.  The new Act includes extending the scope of protection to geographical indications (similar to an appellation of origin but with less stringent criteria) and the possibility of accession by certain intergovernmental organisations.

Originally concluded in 1958, the Lisbon Agreement has 28 member states and offers a means of obtaining protection for an appellation of origin in all member states through a single registration.

A geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.  In order to function as a geographical indication, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.   In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin.   Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production.


Article Published June 1, 2015