Business as usual

The European Parliament has now ratified the UK’s withdrawal Agreement regarding the UK’s exit from the EU. Accordingly, the UK is now 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”. This toolkit aims to deliver pertinent information to all types of businesses, so that you can meet any Brexit related IP challenges head on. This information was last updated on 24 September 2020.

Boult Wade Tennant – a European Firm

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

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Patents are unaffected

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

What happens to existing EU trade mark and design applications and registrations?

On 1 January 2021, all Registered Community Designs, Registered EU Trade Marks, International (EU) Designs and International (EU) Trade Marks that are registered and published will immediately and automatically clone onto the UKIPO register. The EU and International rights will continue to be valid in the remaining 27 EU Member States.

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Renewal of Registered EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs

All EUTMs and RCDs with renewal dates on or after 1 January 2021 will require separate UK renewal. Even if the EUTM’s renewal fee, or the RCD’s renewal fee, has been paid in advance, before 1 January 2021, the UK cloned right, created on 1 January 2021, will still require separate UK renewal.

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Do you have questions about Brexit and your brand or design portfolio? Our experts are on hand to help you successfully meet the challenges of Brexit. Please get in touch with us and no matter what happens in politics, we are sure we will deliver you the best possible advice so you can be confident that your important IP is protected.

For more information about trade mark and design rights after Brexit, read our recent bulletin.

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