UK Intellectual Property ends Interrupted Days

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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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Announced on 22nd June, the UK IPO has declared their Interrupted day’s period will end on 29th July 2020.


This means the first day of normal operations will commence on Thursday 30th July, meaning the interrupted day’s deadlines at the UK office will then expire.

The interrupted days have been constantly reviewed since March when they were implemented, further to yesterday’s announcement, the UK IPO has confirmed they are working to put measures in place which will assist in easing the burdens on business following the end of the period, this includes enabling the temporary removal of fees for requests of extensions.

Updates will be posted on the UKIPO website as and when updated. 

Article Published June 25, 2020