Fast track trade mark oppositions in the UK
As from 1 October 2013, it is now possible to file a fast track opposition against a United Kingdom trade mark application.
Fast track oppositions must be filed electronically on new Form TM7F, may only be brought on grounds under Section 5(1) or 5(2) and may be based on no more than three earlier rights. Where the earlier rights have been registered for more than five years, proof of use must be provided with the notice of opposition. There are also restrictions on subsequent filing of evidence in order to speed up the opposition procedure.