Brexit: consequences for EU trademarks and EU designs (Community Designs)

Since the United Kingdom (UK) referendum of 23/06/2016, there has been a lot of speculation and uncertainty about the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), also with regard to EU trademarks and registered community designs that would cease to apply to the UK as from the withdrawal day. As international trademark representatives, we are able to represent right holders and agents in almost any country or region, including the UK and EU. Due to this unique position, our clients are relatively unaffected by any outcome of the BREXIT scenarios.

Even in case of a “hard-BREXIT”, our office will not lose the capacity to act before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) nor before the UK trademark authority. We have therefore been consistent in our recommendation to right holders and agents not to trust in the unpredictable outcome of politics but instead be prepared for any outcome. To right holders or agents domiciled only in the UK we would like to emphasize; be cautious that you will not be removed from all files in the EU trademark and registered community design proceedings or lose other benefits in case of a “hard-BREXIT”.

Irrespective of any BREXIT scenario and whether you are a right holder or agent in the UK, or domiciled in or outside the EU/EEA, you are invited to appoint us are your new representative. We are able to represent you with regard to new trademark and design applications, pending proceedings such as oppositions or cancellations, or even take over the whole management of your existing portfolio. Taking precautionary measures is the best advice that we can give in these uncertain times. Contact us by telephone or e-mail if you wish to appoint us as your representatives and be certain that the management of your trademarks and designs are in safe hands, you will stay involved in pending proceedings and make use of all benefits of officially certified and professional representatives.