UK Registered Design Renewal Fees

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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 UK Government are reducing the renewal fees payable for registered designs from October 01, 2016.

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Renewal fees for UK Registered designs are payable on the 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th anniversaries of filing.

The new reduced fees will, from October 01, 2016, be as follows:

Renewal period      Current Fee      New Fee
1st Renewal            £130                  £70
2nd Renewal           £210                  £90
3rd Renewal            £310                  £110
4th Renewal            £450                  £140

The above changes range from a 46% - 69% reduction in the previous renewal fee payable. These reductions make registered design protection more attractive and affordable.

Designs eligible for protection are those that are new and have an individual character (i.e. eye-catching).

If you are interested in registering the design of your product please contact one of our Attorneys.

Article Published September 1, 2016