UK IPO Considers Fast Track Processes
Written by Ben Evans on 24 September 2007« Return to Reading Room
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is considering proposals made in the Gowers review which reccomend the introduction of a fast track process for granting patents and registering trademarks.
Fast track patent processing should be available for between £400 and £600.
Trademark applicants should be able to request examination within 10 days as opposed to the current time of 4 to 6 weeks, with the fee being a maximum of £300.
According to Lord Triesman, (Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and quality):
"The proposals provide important new tools for businesses - both large and small - in providing fast track routes to the grant of a patent or the registration of a trade mark. I look forward to hearing the views of interested parties on the proposed services."
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