Brexit: effects on European Union trade marks and Community designs

According to the current state of negotiations, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union (EU) as a member state on 29 March 2019. The United Kingdom and the EU have agreed on a withdrawal treaty. However, whether this treaty will be accepted by the British House of Commons is questionable. This could lead to a “hard” Brexit, i.e. a withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU without a withdrawal treaty.

 

However, the United Kingdom Government points out that the rights to existing European Union trade marks or Community designs remain protected by a “hard” Brexit in the United Kingdom. It is the intention of the United Kingdom Government that European Union trade marks and Community designs should be able to extend to the territory of the United Kingdom with a minimum of administrative burden while retaining their priority, see the official statement of the United Kingdom Government.