Owners of registered EU rights benefited from the automatic cloning of those rights onto the UK register at the end of the Brexit transition period, but pending rights were not similarly converted. Luke Portnow sets out the steps needed to be taken by 30 September to protect such marks in the UK.
Now the UK has officially exited the EU, we have summarised on these pages the current situation for IP and what it means for your IP portfolio.
If you have any questions about the information covered here or need any support, please get in touch with one of our dedicated Brexit taskforce or get in touch using the contact form below. They will be happy to provide tailored guidance and detailed advice as required. We also recommend downloading our helpful 'Brexit and IP checklist' or watching our Brexit webinar below.
Change to UKIPO rules for representation
From 1 January, applicants for UK rights require a UK address for service. If you are not already a Novagraaf customer and require a UK representative to fulfil this requirement, please get in touch today:
At the end of 2020, the UK government announced a change to the rules of representation before the UKIPO. New trademark, design and patent applications and contentious actions at the UKIPO now require a 'UK address for service' to be appointed.
Download our factsheet for an overview of registered and unregistered design rights in the UK and EU following Brexit, and our top tips for brand owners on building an effective design right strategy.
Since the UK left the EU on 31 December 2020, UK-based businesses and citizens are no longer eligible to own or renew .eu domain name registrations, as UK Trademark Attorney Laura Morrish explains.
As the Brexit transition period officially ended on 31 December 2020, the clock is ticking to find out what this means for your IP portfolio, as well as any actions you may need to take. Watch the recording of our latest Brexit webinar for timely advice on safeguarding your IP strategies and minimising business risk.Watch webinar