Brand owners seeking to do business in Europe are well-advised to apply to register their key brands as trademarks. With the United Kingdom formally leaving the European Union as of January 31, brand owners seeking protection in the UK will have two choices: i) they can wait to extend their trademark registrations from the European Union pursuant to a transition process expected to be finalized in the year ahead; or ii) they can plan pro-actively to file UK trademark applications in the months ahead, before the “Brexit” transition is complete.
🇪🇺🇬🇧 #BrexitDay – After 47 years of membership, the UK is leaving the EU.
However, until 31 December 2020, EU law remains applicable to and in the UK.
This extends to the EU trade marks and Registered community design Regulations and their implementing instruments. pic.twitter.com/XKzTnzo9Cf
— European Union Intellectual Property Office (@EU_IPO) January 31, 2020
Information on trade marks, designs, patents, copyright, and exhaustion of IP rights during the transition period.