Relaxation of UK formal drawing requirements

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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 rules governing acceptable formal figures for submission with a UK patent application are changing on October 01, 2016.

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The UK government have announced that the rules governing formal figures are to be relaxed. This means a broader range of images will be accepted for publication by the UKIPO in a patent application.

Key changes include:

  • Shading in drawings is now allowed, so long as the shading does not obscure other parts of the drawing.
  • Black and white photographs will now be acceptable, provided they are capable of reproduction and are clear.

Other UK patent rule changes are also taking place including practice on omnibus claims. For more information please see the UK government announcement here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-patents-rules-on-1-october-2016-and-6-april-2017/changes-to-patents-rules-on-1-october-2016-and-6-april-2017#relaxing-the-requirements-for-formal-drawings 

Article Published September 6, 2016