Notification, not examination: the next step
Now that it has decided to scrap the examination of trade marks on relative grounds (see the IPKat's earlier post here), the UK Patent Office wants to hear from businesses about the legal regime that will bring this about. Under the new regime, the Patent Office is moving to a notification system under which both the trade mark applicant and the owner of any earlier possibly conflicting marks will be told of each other's existence. The consultation document can be accessed here and you have till 12 March 2007 to make your comments.
Right: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), as viewed by the UK government
The IPKat says, it's nice of the Patent Office to seek the view of businesses - which is all very politically correct in terms of being nice to small furry SMEs and all that. But it's really the opinion of their specialist legal representatives that's going to count, since it is they who will be manipulating the system on behalf of the small furry SMEs that everyone wants to be nice to.
Left: Small/Medium-Sized Enterprise as viewed by another SME that's competing with it
Merpel agrees and adds, "I can't wait to see what happens when the first action is brought against the Patent Office for failing to notify an earlier mark which it didn't consider relevant but which a competitor (or a court that agrees with him) did".
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Above, right: payment on the usual scale ...; below, left: Radlett's busy commercial hub
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Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Posted by Jeremy at 11:05:00 a.m.