On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union. In the short term, a UK exit from the EU will have no effect on existing EU Trade Mark Registrations. Once the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has been ratified, we believe that current EU Trade Mark Registrations would no longer cover the United Kingdom.
We expect, however, that appropriately enacted legislation will be implemented to ensure that such rights continue to have force in the UK. We also understand that there will be provisions available to partially convert existing EU registrations into UK national registrations. These registrations may also enjoy the same filing dates.
It is important to remember that until such time as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has been formally recognised, (which may take several years), existing EU registered Trade Marks remain valid and enforceable in the UK.
Should you have any concerns or wish to secure Trade Mark Protection in the UK or the EU, please contact our Trade Marks Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.