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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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Community Registered Designs are obtained by making an application to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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In operation, Community designs registered by the EUIPO will ensure protection in all EU members states.

To be eligible for protection, designs must be new and must have an individual character.

Holders of registered Community designs have exclusive rights to use the design and prevent third parties from using it anywhere within the European Union. Proprietors are be protected against deliberate copying and independent development of similar designs.

Registered Community designs are very cost effective, since they cover all European Union member states in a single registration. Furthermore, for several designs of a same product type, multiple designs can be included in the same application, provided all the designs are included at the same time. This means that the cost of registration per design per country within the European Community can be low.

Additionally, as new member states join the European Union, registered Community designs are automatically extended to cover those new territories without any further registration procedure.

For registered Community designs, protection subsists for a maximum of 25 years with renewal required every 5 years from registration.

For further information on this subject, please read our white paper, which can be downloaded using the link at the bottom of this page.

Experts in Community Registered Designs

Robert B Franks Robert B Franks

Chartered & European Patent Attorney and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
E : robert.franks@franksco.com
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E : jon.banford@franksco.com
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