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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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Louise Mortimer at our Northampton Office has been entered onto the list of professional representatives before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), meaning that she is now a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney.

According to Article 93 of the Community Trade Marks Regulation, representation before the Office may only be undertaken by legal practitioners qualified in one of the member states, having a place of business within the Community, and who’s name appears on the list of Professional Representatives maintained for that purpose by OHIM. 

OHIM keeps two lists of representatives being (1) representatives entitled to act in both trade mark and design matters and (2) representatives entitled to act in design matters only. 

For British nationals, entry onto the OHIM list of professional representatives requires entitlement to represent in trade mark matters before the UK Trade Marks Registry, and at least 5 years experience acting before the UK Trade Marks Registry. 

Now that Louise is qualified, Franks & Co has a total of 10 European Trade Mark and Design Attorneys. 

Article Published December 17, 2014