Entries by Neil Chambers

IP rights examination backlog brought to zero

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has recently cleared its patents, trade marks and designs examination backlog – cases that take longer than IPO’s agreed service standards. The backlog in all three examination areas has been cleared to zero from queues of, 13,000 patent applications, 32,185 trade mark applications and 9,507 design applications. In order to process […]

Use of intellectual property rights across UK industries

The UK IPO have published a report indicating that over a third of UK industries have been found to be “IP intensive”. The research into the report was carried out by the Economics Evidence and Research Team, which assesses the contribution that industries make to the UK economy, employment, output and exported goods. The full […]

UK and Switzerland – IP Collaboration

The Intellectual Property Office has signed a new declaration of intention with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. The declaration signals the importance of co-operation between the two offices, and will see focus on sharing of best practice in areas of mutual interest. More information can be found on the IPO’s website here

European Patent Office (EPO) to increase fees from April 2022

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced it will be increasing official fees by approximately 2.5% from 1 April 2022 – two years since its last fee increase in April 2020. Full details of the increases are available via the EPO website. For more information about the fee increases and how they may affect your […]

Burrows Chambers Associates are Celebrating their 10th-year Anniversary!

We our celebrating 10 years as Burrows Chambers Associates.  Ten 10 years ago, Neil Chambers joined forces with Anthony Burrows (now in his 33rd year of running his own IP Firm). Anthony and Neil are both still located at Business Centre West in Letchworth Garden City and are proud to continue serving local, national and […]

UK Trade Mark Classes

The Intellectual Property Office has an online resource to assist people in finding the Goods and/or Services that would be acceptable as part of a UK Trade Mark Application. The IPO advises that, when applying to register a Trade Mark, you must use the classification system to specify the Goods and/or Services you wish to […]

End to Temporary Fee Changes at UKIPO

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has had temporary fee changes (fee reductions) in place since the 30th July 2020 in order to help customers during the pandemic. The temporary fee changes provision will end on the 31st March 2021. Any actions taken on or after the 1st April 2021 will require the usual fees. Please […]

IPO launches new searching service for UK Trade Mark Classes

When applying to register a Trade Mark, you must use the classification system to specify the goods and/or services for which you will use or intend to use your Trade Mark. The Intellectual Property Office has launched a new searching service which will help you search for, and classify, the goods and/or services you need […]

Brexit – and the end of the Transition Period

It is important to know that, as of the 1st January 2021, those wishing to protect their Trade Mark and Registered Design Rights in the United Kingdom and the EU will need to make separate provisions, and EU Trade Marks and Registered Designs now no longer protect the United Kingdom. If you have existing EU […]

IPO launches New Trade Mark Service

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new service to help business and individuals interesting in registering a Trade Mark for the first time. The service is an online tool which helps improve their chances of registering a Trade Mark. The tool is specifically aimed at those who have little or no knowledge of […]