Like me, you may have passed by the notification of the consultation on the Trademark Rules Consolidation as something for the big boys and our professional bodies. However it is more important than that. The UK-IPO want to change the opposition period. This is something I suggested when they proposed a fast-track procedure. With oppositon work on the increase (but still less than 10% of applications), there is a need for SOLO practitioners to be able to provide a cost-effective advice service to their clients.
There are two ideas. Just cut to two months or make it 6 weeks extensible to three. The latter is closer to my idea but what do other people think? A representative of a very non-solo firm told me she was against because their watch service did not always get them the watch notices on time. I was a bit surprised about that for UK marks. I'd change my watch service.