Alterations to our services – tribunals and hearings

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Tribunals

When contacting us for Tribunals services, please use the paperformcontingency@ipo.gov.uk email address to file all forms for which there is no online process and the tribunalsection@ipo.gov.uk email address to file all evidence.

Where we have discretion to do so, any new deadlines set will be doubled, such as periods for filing evidence or submissions.

Extensions of time to appeal Trade Mark decisions are possible. We can consider appeals to the Appointed Person and, appeals to the Court must be made directly to the Court.

Hearings service

All of our sites are currently closed, so we are not able to hold hearings in person.

We will continue to operate hearings via telephone, Skype or other virtual methods. No further physical hearings will be booked or take place until 1 June 2020 (this date will be kept under review)

We have contacted parties if their current hearing arrangements need to change. Some hearings, such as cross-examination, may not be suitable for telephone, Skype or other virtual methods and may need to be postponed.

We will continue to update this page with any changes to services, as well as providing more details as they develop.

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