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Seminar 6 IntermediateInformation
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SRA Competency B


This new for 2019 full day course will provide you with an opportunity to explore both ex parte and inter partes (contested) trade mark proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Trade Mark Registry. Examples of UK IPO forms and witness statements, especially in relation to oppositions and use, will be referred to and discussed during the course.

Assuming a good working knowledge of UK trade mark law and practice, this course is aimed at both trade mark attorneys and solicitors.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following:

  • The sorts of trade mark proceedings that can be brought before UK IPO. Is there really a jurisdiction to hear infringement cases?
  • The importance of UK IPO TPNs - Tribunal Practice Notices. A detailed consideration of the more important practical issues raised by a number of TPNs
  • The changes to domestic trade mark proceedings brought about by the Trade Marks Directive
  • The effect of any Brexit on Registry pleadings and proceedings
  • The important requirements as to the presentation of evidence and the strict limitations as to the volume that can be filed without prior permission; timely provision of skeletons; and the need for advance details of those attending Tribunal hearings
  • How to present effective evidence of use
  • Confidentiality of correspondence and evidence in Registry proceedings
  • The vexed issue of time limits and extensions of time in the Registry
  • Position of undefended applications, abandonment and failure to file evidence or other required details in time - or at all
  • ‘Fast Track’ Oppositions - the process and limitations discussed
  • Survey evidence - The Registry’s practice and procedure on seeking leave to adduce survey evidence. Might court practice and procedure act as a useful pointer?
  • Cross-Examination - are there any restrictions on its scope?
  • Scale costs in Trade Marks Registry inter-partes proceedings. Are ‘off-scale’ costs available, and if so, in what circumstances?
  • Appeals from the Registry - Appointed Person or Court?

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