Brexit's Impact On European Union Trademarks

Profession:Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)

The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020 after mutual ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, thus making "Brexit" official. The UK is now in a transition period until December 31, 2020, during which EU laws, including those that pertain to the protection of trademark rights, continue to apply in the UK.

Once the transition period ends, there will be significant changes to the protection of EU trademark rights in the UK. While the details are not finalized, there are two noteworthy takeaways related to EU trademark registrations and EU trademark applications.

EU trademarks registered before the end of the transition period will continue to be in effect in the remaining EU member countries, but not in the UK. The owners of these EU registrations will, however, automatically receive comparable UK registrations at no cost, which will have the same basic effective dates as those of the corresponding EU registrations, so there would be no loss of protection. EU...

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