Government plans to be implemented in Autumn 2013 will see the Intellectual Property Office launching a “superfast patent processing service” that promises to deliver patents in 90 days together with a faster trade mark examination service that will deliver a full examination report in five days instead of the current 10.
The IPO will also be widening its remit to helping small and medium-sized businesses understand the IP opportunities available to them both in the UK and abroad. This will include piloting an IP advisory service for businesses with high growth potential.
Anything which assists businesses understand and protect their IP is clearly a good thing. Shorter time frames enabling a faster protection procedures should be encouraged provided that the examination procedure maintains the high standards that we have come to expect of the IPO.