Brexit update

Posted on 28/12/2020 by balder

Unión Europea

The Brexit “Neverending Story” appears at last to be coming to an end. After many postponements and delays, the European Union and the United Kingdom have reached in the last moment an agreement which will rule their future relationship. In consequence, once the transitional period established after Brexit took place finishes on 31 December 2020, the EU law will stop having effects in the UK.

The aforesaid means that, as we had previously advanced, European Union Trade Marks and Community Designs will stop having effects in the UK as such. Thus, all registered EUTMs and RCDs will be converted into British trade marks and from 1 January 2021 it will be necessary to file national applications before the UKIPO to obtain protection in that country. Our clients were of course aware of that, as they have been kept posted of any updates all this time. They all will be receiving shortly a detailed analysis of what the implications of this important change are for their respective trade mark and design portfolios. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do let us know and we will of course be happy to assist.