UKIPO implements Back Office for Designs

    On 5 September 2016, the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UK IPO) saw the live launch of its Back Office for Designs. The tool is part of the Software Package developed largely under the previous Cooperation Fund framework, but taken forward and completed as part of the new European Cooperation Projects (ECP1).

    This implementation by the UK means that eleven of the twelve European IP offices who wished to implement the Back Office software package now have systems up and running.

    The Back Office tool helps the UK IPO to manage multiple tasks related to the Designs lifecycle, including the examination, the registration and the modification through several recordal dossiers.

    This latest implementation by the UK IPO also means that the Cooperation Fund has reached a total of 373 project deployments across the European Union IP Offices. It is also the first implementation completed under new European Cooperation Projects (ECP1) portfolio.