From 1st January 2021, UK Trade Mark Holders are required to have a UK registered service address. EU registered addresses are no longer allowed.
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Your Address for Service (AfS) at UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) is the address the UKIPO is the addressed registered for the representative/owner of the registered trademark (TM) or other intellectual property right (IPR). It is used for communication, legal notice and service in respect of a proprietor’s TM/ IPR. It is usually either the rights holder’s address or, more commonly, the address of the rights holder’s legal representative.
It is crucial that the AfS is correct and up to date. If not, then the rights holder runs the risk of falling foul of registration rules or being liable to proceedings without knowing.
Before BREXIT the AfS could be any address within the EU/ European Economic Area (EEA), but not anymore.
Following a government review in 2020, 92 per cent of respondents were in favour of changing the rules to exclude AfS based outside of the UK/ Channel Islands. This response was likely in part to the fact that the EUIPO have done the same for EUTMs.
ACTION TO TAKE
Rights holders must have a valid UK based AfS at the UKIPO.
Having a valid AfS, as well as ensuring all other administrative housekeeping in relation to IP rights is up to date, will be particularly important given the vast numbers of cloned UK rights that some rights holders will automatically inherit and must manage after 1 January 2021.
Having a UK AfS is a must, and appointing a UK representative from the outset will ensure the efficient and joined up management of your UK IP portfolios, and will ensure that rights holders have local counsel with UK expertise already appointed in the event of contentious proceedings arising.
Professional Address for Service Representatives
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