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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 United Kingdom intellectual property office originally stated that deadlines would be extended via its ‘interrupted days’ provisions in March 2020, a move that has subsequently been regularly reviewed.

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Official deadlines for most trade marks, designs, patents, supplementary protection certificates, and applications for these rights, which fall on an interrupted day have been extended.

The UK IPO interrupted days period ended on 29th July.

This will mean that the first normal day of operation is Thursday 30th July.

The UK IPO is working to put in place measures that will ease burdens on business following the end of the period of interruption.

Temporary removal of official fees for requests for extensions of time

The following temporary official fee changes are in place during the period 30 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 in relation to patents, supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) , trade marks and registered designs:

• official fees for extensions of time will be zero
• there will be no official fee surcharge for payment of a patent application fee after the date of filing
• official fees to apply for reinstatement and restoration will be zero
• for patents and designs, there will be no official fee surcharge for late payment of a renewal fee
• for trade marks, the official fee surcharge for late payment of a renewal fee will be £1

The deadlines for completing actions, requesting extensions of time and paying fees are unaffected by these fee changes and must still be complied with.

These fee changes came into effect immediately after the United Kingdom intellectual property offices period of interrupted days, which ended on 29 July 2020.

Source: United Kingdom intellectual property office

 

Article Published July 30, 2020