Well, it’s finally coming down to the wire and it’s a very nervous but probably fitting end for the UK to leave the EU.
A lot of people ask us about what are the implications for EU trade marks when UK “brexits”, and what they will have to do when it does to protect their IP legally.
Here are some main points.
1. If you already have a registered EU trade mark, then it will become recorded on the UK register after 29 March. No fees required.
2. If it’s still pending in the EU, then you will need to file a new UK trade mark within 9 months in the UK (if you want the priority date from your EU trade mark).
3. You will need to pay the extra filing fees in the UK as well for that to happen.
4. You should move straight away to register in the UK if you have a pending mark as you run the risk for those 9 months if you don’t.
5. With the uncertainty of Brexit and the complexities associated with a mass-scale transfer, you should take a proactive approach in securing your IP interests in the UK.
6. Get advice, plan ahead and be prepared to act urgently to protect your IP assets.
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