What does BREXIT mean for your trademarks and designs?
The transition period for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU ends on December 31th 2020 and as such “Exit day” quickly approaches. We summarize what this means for your business’ EU-trademarks and registered Community designs.
For EU-trademarks and Community designs which have been registered and published prior to January 1st 2021, a national comparable UK right will be created automatically and free of charge. The comparable right will receive the same legal status as a national UK registration. However, the comparable right will maintain the same filing- and registration dates as the original EU-right.
Proprietors of pending applications for EU-trademarks and registered Community designs which have not been registered prior to January 1st 2021 will be with an opportunity to apply for an equivalent UK national right within nine months according to the UK Brexit Legislation. Consequently, provided that the national application is filed prior to September 30th 2021 it will benefit from the filing date of the original EU-application. Please note that a new application will be examined as a new national filing before the UK IP-office (UKIPO) which means that the application will be subject to the usual UK filing fees.
Lindahl secures your intellectual property rights in the UK
If your trademarks or designs are affected by Brexit, we will contact you with more information. Please note that no immediate actions are required due to Exit day on December 31th 2020. Thus, no rights risk being lost as a result of the British exit from the European Union. Your EU-trademarks and registered Community designs at Lindahl will be taken care of on a regular basis.
As one of Sweden’s leading legal advisors in intellectual property, we are of course ready to help you secure your rights.
More information will follow.
Do you want to know more about any of the news or did it raise other questions?
You are welcome to contact one of us or your usual contact at Lindahl.