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September 21, 2023

UK Address For Service Rule Change (Trade Marks & Designs) – Take Action Now

UK Address For Service Rules Have Changed

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has recently changed its Address For Service rules relating to UK trade marks and designs.

What Has Changed?

  • The UKIPO has changed its practice relating to the service of third party challenges against trade marks and designs which do not have a valid UK Address For Service.
  • In the event where a UK Address For Service is missing, the UKIPO will try to obtain one prior to continuing with the proceedings. This may, however, result in delays in the information reaching you or your client, and limit your ability to take action.
  • In the worst case, if no UK Address For Service is provided at all, this could mean that a third party challenge against a trade mark or design could succeed by default and rights be declared invalid, revoked or rectified.
  • Full details of the changes can be found on the UKIPO’s website here.

What Action Should You Take?

  • We strongly advise recording a UK Address For Service in all cases where UK rights exist to avoid future problems. We are happy to do this free-of-charge.

Get In Touch

Please contact Chris Cairns directly if you would like to make a UK Address For Service change, or if you have any questions regarding the above.

Chris Cairns Director, Trade Marks


T. +44 (0)141 375 7575

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