IP Developments within the last 12 months


Intellectual Property

IP Developments within the last 12 months

Thu, 21/01/2021 - 16:26

Further to the article which was posted last month in which we advised that the UK’s membership of the PCT will be extended to include the Bailiwick of Guernsey, we have now ascertained that the date of coming into force of this provision will be 23rd March 2021 and not 1st January 2021.   Whilst the local legislation in Guernsey specified the date of 1st January 2021, it now appears that the extension will not formally come into effect until 23rd March 2021. In consequence, any new...

Fri, 15/01/2021 - 15:51

The New Year marked the end of the transition period for the UK’s departure from the EU.  Whilst around 2 million registered EU rights have been automatically cloned onto the UK register, applicants are reminded that any EU trade mark / design applications that were pending on 31 December 2020 will require further action. Should protection in the UK be required from these pending applications, it will be necessary to re-file nationally at the UK IPO (at normal costs).  If this is...

Fri, 15/01/2021 - 15:15

There are a number of jurisdictions requiring the payment of annual maintenance fees in order to maintain the validity of a trade mark registration. All registered trade marks in the Cayman Islands are subject to an annual maintenance fee due each January, which is payable in addition to the renewal fees.  Failure to pay an annual fee by 31st March will cause the protected rights to be held in abeyance until such time as the annual fee and penalty fee have been paid. Annual maintenance...