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Existing EU trademarks

Transitional period

The term of the UK to decide on the details regarding Brexit has been postponed until 31 October 2019. During this period the United Kingdom will remain aligned with EU law, so that European trademark registrations will be valid in the UK. Keep in mind, the UK still holds the opportunity to decide on Brexit details at an earlier stage.

After Brexit

The draft EU-UK agreement provides a number of important subjects for the protection of EU trademarks in the UK, after Brexit:

  • After Brexit, all EU trademarks will automatically receive equivalent protection in the UK for the same goods and services.
  • The above also applies to international registrations in which the EU is designated.
  • The relevant dates (filing date, renewal date) remain unchanged. If a seniority has been applied for incorporated in the EU trademark for a UK trademark registration, this earlier date will apply to the UK again.

Conclusion

The current European trademark registrations will automatically be converted into national UK trademark rights after Brexit. This will be different regarding EU trademark applications. Of course it is also possible to file a national trademark application in the UK.