The UK’s departure from the EU has negative effects for trade mark and design owners, but we have worked hard to ensure our clients are shielded from the worst of it.
EU trade marks and designs will no longer cover the UK from 31 December, so to obtain equivalent protection will require both an EU and a UK registration.
Fortunately the UK government will automatically create new UK registrations for existing EU trade marks and designs. We will assume representation for all the new UK rights belonging to our clients, and add them into our renewals records free of charge.
For future filing we have developed a cost-effective UK+EU package for trade mark and design applications with significant savings over the normal cost for two separate applications. Therefore our clients can cover the same geographic area for only a small additional cost.
Due to Brexit UK firms can no longer file EU trade mark and design applications, or represent clients on existing EU registrations. However, we have made special arrangements with one of the EU’s top IP firms to file EU trade mark and design applications for our clients at a beneficially low cost, so the total price for standalone EU applications will not rise.
More importantly, our EU associates will assume representation for all our clients at the EUIPO free of charge, ensuring a seamless continuation of the highest level ongoing legal representation.
Please see the two further pages of this section to learn more about the impact of Brexit, and our tailored offers for EU agents requiring UK work in the future.