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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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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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Franks & Co's attorneys, collectively, are able to represent clients before at least six different courts.

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Franks & Co's attorneys are able to act in the following jurisdictions:

The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

We have rights of audience before the following UK institutions:

UK Intellectual Property Office for patent, design and trade mark issues.
The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
The High Court.

The Republic of Ireland

Franks & Co limited have in house a fully qualified Irish patent attorney and an Irish trade mark attorney.

European Union - a union of 28 member states

Franks & Co’s trade mark and design attorneys represent clients at:

The European Union Intellectual Property Office, for European Union trade marks and Community design matters

European Patent Organisation - an organisation of 42 states

Franks & Co’s European patent attorneys represent clients at:

The European Patent Office in respect of European patent applications and granted European patents.

The European patent organisation is an intra-governmental body which is distinct from and which is not part of the European Union. Its individual member states include all 28 member states of the European Union and in addition Albania, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, San Marino, and Turkey. The European patent organisation has extension agreements with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. The European patent organisation has validation agreements in force with Morocco and the Republic of Moldova.