Business as usual

Following “Brexit Day” on 31 December 2020, the UK has now left the European Union (EU). 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 1 January 2021.


Plant Variety Rights

Plant breeders’ who have produced new varieties of plants can protect their new variety using Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBRs). In some countries, these are known as Plant Variety Rights.

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Boult Wade Tennant – a European Firm

Boult Wade Tennant has made significant preparations for Brexit to ensure that you can continue to correspond with your usual advisors, who will ensure that your instructions are carried out before the EUIPO by qualified attorneys. 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, the UKIPO automatically cloned all Registered Community Designs, Registered EU Trade Marks, International (EU) Designs and International (EU) Trade Marks that were registered and published onto the UKIPO register. The EU and International rights 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 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, still requires 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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