The UK and the EU have previously been working towards a deadline of 31 October 2019, but have now agreed a further extension of the Brexit date until, in theory, 31 January 2020 to allow for the ratification of a withdrawal agreement.
If the UK and EU do ratify the withdrawal agreement, then there will be a “transition period” until the end of 2020 during which time the position for trade marks and designs will be essentially the same as it is at the moment. In no circumstances will there be any loss of rights in the UK for owners of registered EU trade marks and designs. In general, Brexit has no effect on patents.
We shall continue to monitor developments and will let you know when we have further news to report.
Through our offices in Spain and the UK, we will continue to act in all matters before the EUIPO before and after Brexit.
Speak with us if you would like to discuss your current or future intellectual property rights.