Following the publication of its Consultation Paper, 'Helping businesses register trade marks and patents' last March, the IPO has announced changes to the fees and services available for registration of new trade marks.
The changes, which take effect on 1 October 2009, are primarily aimed at encouraging small businesses to protect their brands by making registrations cheaper, faster and easier. However, their wide scope means the changes apply to any person or business seeking to register a trade mark.
In May 2008, international law firm Hammonds became a limited liability partnership. Hammonds LLP and its affiliated undertakings has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester in the UK, and in Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Munich and Paris.