Trade mark registration fee to fall

The cost to businesses of protecting their brands is set to fall as both the UK and Europe take steps to reduce the price of applying for a trade mark. European Union (EU) member states have agreed to cut the charge of applying and registering for a Community Trade Mark (any trade mark which has been registered in the EU) by 40%. This is expected to be introduced in early May. Meanwhile, the UK-based Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has announced a public consultation as it reviews its trade mark fees and services. The review will consider proposals that could see an overall drop in the charges for trade mark registration and more flexibility over when businesses have to pay for the service, including a discount for businesses filing trade marks electronically and a reduction in the fees... »