The government has confirmed that it will be making the necessary changes to the rules regarding address for service at the UK IPO.
Currently, the rules make reference to 'EEA', suggesting that the address for service could be a representative in an EU member state once the UK leaves the EU on 31 December 2020.
Given that the EU IPO has confirmed that UK representatives will no longer be able to be representatives at the EU IPO (subject to some exceptions), it was felt that this change should be reciprocal.
Accordingly, the government conducted a consultation and found that the majority of responses were in favour of updating the existing rules.
For all new trade mark, design and patent applications and contentious proceedings, representatives must have a UK address for service.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
A significant majority of those responding were supportive of the proposal to change the address for service rules. The government will now make the appropriate changes to the rules.