The UKIPO has announced this week that in May 2022 it cleared backlogs for the examination of trade marks, designs, and patents for the first time in two years.
The UKIPO also stated that record numbers of applications were received in the past few years but recently reported a customer satisfaction score of 88% in March 2022.
In the five years leading up to 2021, trade mark applications increased from roughly 65,000 to over 150,000. As a result of Brexit, business owners seeking trade mark protection in the UK and EU can no longer simply apply for and EU trade mark, because they no longer cover the UK. The UKIPO also commented that the increase in trade mark applications may have been caused by the covid-19 pandemic resulting in an increased number of business incorporations or diversifications. The examination period for trade marks has reduced from 35 days to the target 10 days.
The UKIPO update notes that clearing the backlog sets the scene for its shift to its new digital services, which include streamlining of the registered design application process.
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