Impact of the UK’s withdrawalfrom the EU – EUTMs and RCDsOn 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) notified its intention to leave the European Union (EU).As a consequence, unless a withdrawal agreement is ratified or another date determined by the European Council, in agreement with the UK, the UK will become a third country and EU law will ex lege (Article 50(3) TEU) cease to apply to the UK (so called “hard Brexit” scenario).The withdrawal day is currently set for 30 March 2019.This section contains the relevant information on how the EUIPO intends to handle the circumstances in which EUTM and RCD Regulations would cease to apply to the UK as from the withdrawal day.
Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed.However, the government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. For 2 years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
Monaco joins TMviewAs of 28 January 2019 the Industrial Property Office of Monaco (MCIPO) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of MCIPO is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by the EUIPO in collaboration with its international partners. With MCIPO on board, TMview now contains data from 69 participating offices.
By a judgment rendered on 6 December 2018 in case T-848/16, Deichmann v EUIPO – Vans (V), the General Court confirmed that extracts from TMview are acceptable evidence in inter partes proceedings before EUIPO in order to substantiate earlier trade marks registered with the participating offices, as long as they contain all relevant data.
Ecuador joins TMclassAs of 25 September 2018, Ecuador’s National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI) joins TMclass with the latest version of the Nice classification.This latest addition brings the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, involved in the tool to 72.
As of 08 August 2018, the Cuban Office of Industrial Property (OCPI) joins TMclass with the latest version of the Nice classification. This latest addition brings the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, involved in the tool to 71.