IPO launches patent opposition fast-track

Posted: 1st October 2013

IPO LogoThe Intellectual Property Office  (IPO) has today announced a ‘fast-track’ scheme for opposing patent applications. It claims that ‘the fast track will provide a faster, cheaper and less complicated way for business to protect their trade marks.’

A notice of threatened opposition to a patent can be lodged within two months of the filing of the patent application being advertised in the IPO’s online journal by completing a form TM7a online.

There is no filing charge. It can be used for an notify and intention to oppose the patent or to request and extension of the time during which an opposition application can be brought.

The opposition is brought using form TM7f, for which the filing fee is £100.

The fast track will provide a faster, cheaper and less complicated way for business to protect their trade marks.