BREXIT – What does it mean for my IP?!

After 31st December 2020 any EU Registered Designs or EU Trademarks will be automatically granted comparable rights in the UK. Any International Design Registrations designating the EU will also be automatically granted comparable rights in the UK.

If your current EU Registered Design or EU Trademark is pending, we have 9 months to re-register this at the UKIPO after exit day, the new re-registrations will retain the earlier EU filing date and any priority claims.

Any renewals due after 31st December 2020 will be payable to both the EUIPO (for the original EU registration) and the UKIPO (for the UK re-registration). We will always inform you of upcoming renewal schedules well in advance of the deadline in order for you to make the appropriate decisions for your IP.

All European Patents are unaffected by Brexit as the European Patent Office is not an EU agency.

You can find more information in the link below but if you have any questions or concerns relating to your IP and Brexit please do not hesitate to contact us!

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/changes-to-eu-and-international-designs-and-trade-mark-protection-after-the-transition-period