Numbering system for new EU derived comparable UK registered trad

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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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On exit day, all EU registered trade marks will continue as EU 27 member state registered trade marks, and will no longer include the United Kingdom.

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The United Kingdom trade marks registry has announced that it will automatically and without cost issue a comparable United Kingdom registered trade mark. The numbering system which the UK trade Marks registry will use has now been announced.

The UK trade mark registration number will take the same number as the corresponding EU registered trade mark, but will substitute the prefix EM or EU for the prefix UK, and will substitute the initial number 0 for the number 009.

This means that the existing 9 digit number of an EU registered trade mark converts to a comparable 11 digit 900 million series UK registered trade mark number, preceded by two zeros.

For example, if there is an EU registration EU 002660480, the equivalent UK registered trade mark will be numbered UK 00902660480.

 EM UK trade mark numbers

The new comparable UK trade marks will be recorded on the UK register and shall retain the filing dates recorded against the corresponding EU registered trade mark. They will also inherit any priority or seniority claims from the corresponding EU registered trade mark.

The new comparable UK trade mark right is a national right, and will have an independent life from the original EU registered trade mark and will be able to be challenged, assigned, licensed or renewed separately from the original EU registered trade mark

Robert Franks
Director of trade marks

Article Published March 7, 2019