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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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German Patent and Trade Mark Office joins Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH)

On July 06, 2015 the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO/DPMA) joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH).  This further extends the possibilities on an international level for accelerated examination of patent applications. The patent offices involved in the GPPH can make use of the search and examination results of the respective partner Offices.

Advantage for innovative companies

The GPPH was launched on January 06, 2014.  Participants in the project are entitled to make a PPH application at any partner office and under the same conditions.  The time it takes until a patent is granted is thus significantly reduced.  Furthermore, the examination procedures through the GPPH are comparatively cost-efficient.

Offices participating in the Global PPH are Australian Patent Office, Austrian Patent Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, German Patent and Trade Mark Office, Danish Patent and Trademark Office, Estonian Patent Office, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom), Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Israel Patent Office, Icelandic Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Norwegian Industrial Property Office, National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal), Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation), Swedish Patent and Registration Office, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Nordic Patent Institute.

Article Published July 24, 2015