The European Parliament has now ratified the UK’s withdrawal Agreement regarding the UK’s exit from the EU. Accordingly, the UK is now is in an agreed transition  period until 31 December 2020. In relation to all intellectual property rights, nothing will change until 31 December 2020, which is now  “Brexit Day”.

Brexit does not affect European patents. Boult Wade Tennant LLP will continue to have full rights of audience before the European Patent Office.

Brexit and Boult Wade Tennant LLP
Boult Wade Tennant are prepared. You will be able to continue to instruct your usual advisers and your instructions will be carried out before the EUIPO. We have three mechanisms in place to ensure a seamless service to our clients.

It may be that UK attorneys are entitled to continue to act directly before the EUIPO (as we have done since its foundation in 1996) in relation to all cases, for an indefinite period, or for a defined term. It may also be that UK attorneys are entitled to continue to act on all ongoing cases where we are presently acting, until they conclude. However, at time of writing, neither of these outcomes has been formalised.

Our Madrid Office
We have established Boult Wade, S.L., a company which is majority owned by Boult Wade Tennant LLP, and established through a joint venture with local firm A.C. Legal. Senior lawyer Álvaro Cabeza is the Madrid-based Principal of Boult Wade, S.L. We have worked with Álvaro for many years and he is joined by Isabel Blanco Esguevillas who was part of our trade mark team in London and who has now returned to Madrid. Álvaro, Isabel, Xisco Ferrer, and the growing Madrid team, act before the EUIPO as well as before the Spanish National Trade Mark Office.

Our Berlin Office
In January 2019 we were delighted that Michael Maier, a German lawyer (rechtsanwalt), joined our partnership, after working in private practice and in-house for many years. We have arranged for new premises and staff in Berlin, where Michael, with his growing team, acts before the EUIPO, the German National Trade Mark office, the German Courts and also before the General Court (Luxembourg).

Our Frankfurt Office
As part of expanding presence in Europe, we have opened a second office in Germany. The office is based in Frankfurt and is headed by experienced Partner Henning Erb. Henning is a German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. He is joined there by a team, comprising of high tech and electrical, engineering and designs, as well as trade mark and domain name specialists, all of whom advise clients on complex, often multi-jurisdictional matters relating to IP issues.

Our London, Cambridge, Oxford and Reading Offices
For our teams in the UK it is business as usual and they will continue to provide high quality, market leading services to our clients across trade marks, designs and patents.

Our reputation precedes us and we feel very privileged in the fact that for the past 15 years, we have been ranked in tier one for both patent and trade mark prosecution in the UK by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) and The Legal 500, and have won awards from reputable and trusted professional organisations on numerous occasions. We are also consistently ranked in the top band by other leading publications such as Chambers and Partners, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) 1000 and World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000. The firm’s quality provision of services to clients, and our integrity is at the core of our working culture.

We are completely client focussed and pride ourselves in giving specific, proactive advice, which is finely tuned to our clients’ business needs. We look forward to expanding our services to our existing and future clients with our new offices in Spain and Germany.

Next Steps
You do not need to take any action at this time in relation to your EU Trade Marks (EUTM) or Registered Community Designs (RCD) applications and registrations: the details of their status are outlined in this document.

Our teams in the UK or our Berlin and Madrid offices will act as appropriate. The Berlin and Madrid offices will closely follow our instructions and also provide insight if they have suggestions which arise due to their professional skill and experience.