The UK Intellectual Property Office will be offering advice and practical help on forthcoming changes to the Trade Marks Act in a series of events being held around the country in September. The reforms take effect on 1 October 2007 and reduce the number of cases in which the Trade Marks Registry will oppose a trade mark …
What a nonesense!
So, if you are a trademark holder, you're now supposed to spend all your time looking at new applications (of which there are thousands every day) just in case someone infringes your mark.
And if you are applying for a new trademark, you'll probably get it regardless, with the possibility that it actually infringes someone else's trademark, which means that you're at risk of having it challenged at some time in the future.
And for this, the "IP" office will charge you the same (or probably more!) for their "service".
So not only are businesses expected to work as unpaid tax collectors, they are now also expected to work as unpaid trademark officials too!
What a shower this country is!
The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
Kafka's works are a corollary of an Intellectual Property Office. A giant cockroach, a transmogrified man, walks into the Intellectual Property Office looking for the Lost and Found... . We really are embarrassingly silly.
Yet more public service reductions
For 'UK IP office offers trade mark guidance', read: 'UK IP office offers explanation of its abrogation of duty'.
You can bet that the charges for registering a Trade Mark will not be reduced in line with the lesser service level. Another example of Nu-Lab decreasing the ROI on our compulsory and increasing contributions to HM Gov.
So now all Trade Mark holders have to monitor new applications on top of all of the other expensive red tape. Where was this in the Government's Manifesto?
Not our problem...
Ah, the modern software industry approach. "Our terms and conditions are on this webpage, which may or may not exist and that we can change at any time and that you have pre-agreed to any changes we make unless you actually catch us doing it in time and even then only if you can succeed in a long-drawn-out legal complaint?"
Not a good cue to be taking...
So their whole IP system is approaching the complete cock-up model of the US. Well done indeed.
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