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Impact of BREXIT on Trade Marks and Designs

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal
April 2020

London and Brussels Partner Ben Hitchens and London Associate Paul Sweeden co-authored an article examining some of the most pressing questions relating to the status of United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) trade marks and designs during and after the BREXIT transition period, ending on December 31, 2020. The authors note that the UK government will provide an equivalent UK-registered trade mark or design for existing registrations in the EU and it should come with minimal administrative burdens. Hitchens and Sweeden also “anticipate that existing proceedings before the (UK Intellectual Property Office) will not be significantly impacted”, as far as they are based on EUTMs registered as of the expiry date of the Transition Period.

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