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IPO consults on trade mark law changes in light of Directive

Subject: Intellectual property/trade marks

Source: Intellectual Property Office: Consultation: Implementation of the Trade Mark Directive 2015

This Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has set out proposed amendments to UK trade mark law with a view to implementing the Trade Mark Directive. The consultation, which invites views on the drafting of the SI that will enact the necessary legal changes, closes on 16 April 2018.

Trade mark protection is governed by an EU legislative framework, which consists of an EU-wide trade mark covering all Member States (governed by a Regulation), together with national marks covering each individual Member State (harmonised by a Directive).


The IPO is now consulting on the substantive changes to trade mark law introduced by the Trade Mark Directive 2015/2436/EU and amendments to domestic law required in order to implement the Directive into UK Law.


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