Now that Brexit is a fact, a transition period has been initiated which lasts until 31 December 2020. During that period, the EU legislation is still valid in the United Kingdom. When that period ends, the following is likely to be applicable:

– A British right will automatically be granted to holders of EU trademarks and Community designs. Such a new British right will be subject to the payment of renewal fees, separate from the original EU right.

– There are no automatic provisions when it comes to pending EU applications. Applicants will need to file a British application of their own volition and pay the costs involved. This can be done during a period of nine months starting from 31 December 2020.

Needless to say that we follow the news and will provide our clients with appropriate advice as soon as concrete measures are confirmed. We will take any action necessary for enabling a smooth continuation of rights.


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