On 15 April 2013 the provisions of The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012came into effect. This is a package of intellectual property laws that affect patents, trade marks, and a number of other matters.
We have previously written about this package on this blog. The new changes affect trade marks as well – particularly opposition procedures. In brief, the changes are:
- Reduction of Notice of Opposition period to 2 months.
- Extensions of time for a Notice of Opposition limited.
- Streamline the procedure in relation to a Notice of Opposition.
- Introduce two additional steps, being a Notice of Intention to defend, and a Ground of Particulars.
These changes are quite extensive and have been welcomed by a number of IP practitioners.
For more information about these new laws or how they may affect you please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office.