The government has published The Trade Marks Regulations 2018 following a consultation.
It will come into force on 14 January 2019, the deadline for implementation by EU member states.
The main changes include:
- new types of infringing acts; and
- it provides for the different circumstances under which infringement proceedings may be taken by the licensee.
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The Directive is intended to update and further harmonise the national trade mark laws of EU Member States. It will also bring those national trade mark laws into line with the recent changes to the EUTM following the coming into force of the latest EU Trade Mark Regulation. The Government’s response to the consultation has now been published alongside a draft Statutory Instrument that must implement the Directive into UK law by 14 January 2019.