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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 Intellectual Property Regulation Board ('IPREG') recently began to issue formal Intellectual Property Litigation Certificates to Chartered Patent Attorneys entered on the UK Register before 31st December 2012.

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Attorneys meeting these criteria are entitled to conduct litigation, or act as advocate, before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court or a County Court, or to appeal from the Intellectual Property Office to the High Court, in the United Kingdom.

Franks & Co attorneys entitled to conduct patent and/or trade mark litigation include:

Dr Robert Franks also holds a Higher Courts Litigation Certificate, under which he has conducted trade mark litigation successfully before the High Court.

Although the Unified Patent Court Agreement has yet to be ratified and enter into force, at least UK-qualified patent practitioners regulated by IPREG and with the relevant rights of audience certified by this new Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate, can look forward to a facilitated registration on the list of entitled representatives, authorised to represent before the Unified Patent Court.

Article Published October 5, 2017