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Do you want fast-track trade mark examination?

The UK IPO is again asking users whether they would make use of fast-track trade mark examination

Speedy filing, on payment of a higher fee, was one of the recommendations made by the Gowers Review in 2006. Following a consultation, it was introduced in the UK in 2008.

But take up was low, and the standard procedure became quicker, leading to the service being suspended in 2009.

In 2012, then IP minister Lord Marland proposed reintroducing the fast track. Since then, standard examining times have continued to fall.

The IPO says that now is “an appropriate time to consult on the need, and demand, for the reintroduction of the service”.

A PDF document sets out the full details of the consultation, including specific questions regarding use of the fast-track procedure. These include: Would you make use of a fast track procedure at 5 days for £300? And What would you consider to be an optimum period for receiving the first examination report?

Responses from any interested party can be sent to the IPO by email.

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