Brexit trade mark update
‘Brexit’ and Trade Mark Registrations.
Is the scope of protection of my EU trade mark affected by Brexit?
Yes. The EUIPO has stated that from the leave date (currently 29th March 2019), as a matter of EU law, EU registered trade marks will no longer be automatically protected in the UK. As a result, EU registered trade marks that require UK protection will require separate registration. That is unless the UK government implements legal action to ensure that the rights pertaining to the EU registered trade marks continue in the UK, after the withdrawal date, perhaps as UK trade marks with equivalent duration rights as the countervailing EU trade mark. This applies also to international registrations that designate the EU as a designated country; they will require additional UK registration, but the UK government has said that they may be given similar or equivalent UK trade mark rights.
What happens with pending oppositions and invalidity requests based on an earlier UK right?
Before the withdrawal day opposition and invalidity proceedings that, due to insufficient time, would not reach the decision stage before withdrawal day and are based solely on UK rights, will be suspended. After withdrawal day any opposition or invalidity request based solely on a UK right will be dismissed.
Where can I find more detailed information?
The legal information is provided in more detail on the EUIPO website. Alternatively you can call the TMA team on 01869 692888 for a further discussion of your concerns and trade mark requirements.