A worthwhile read from Hogan Lovells via lexology on the latest UKIPO consultation paper. With regard to EU Trademark Directive 2015.
Here’s their introduction.
The UKIPO has issued a consultation paper on the implementation of the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015 (the “Directive”), which is required to be implemented into UK law by 14 January 2019. The government is seeking the views of interested parties on the draft SI (The Trade Marks Regulations 2018) that will enact the changes required to UK trade marks law in order to implement the Directive. It also invites comments on the likely costs and benefits associated with the changes. The consultation will run for 8 weeks until 16 April. The UKIPO says that, once the consultation period has closed, it will issue a response document in due course and business guidance will be issued before 14 January 2019. It cannot say however when the final SI will be laid in Parliament, in view of the pressures on Parliamentary time as the UK nears the day of withdrawal from the EU.