The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. However, the status of your EU registrations will remain unchanged until the end of the “Transition Period” which is expected to be 31 December 2020. The Transition Period may be extended by up to two years, but this must be agreed before 1 July 2020.
Current trade mark practice will remain the same until the end of the Transition Period and no rights will be lost.
When the Transition Period ends, EU trade mark registrations will no longer have effect in the UK. New trade mark applications will need to be filed separately in the UK and EU if protection is needed in both territories.
EU trade mark applications filed during the Transition Period will be treated in the same way as applications filed before 31 January 2020. However, as these applications may not proceed to registration before the Transition Period ends, you may wish to file separate applications in the UK and EU now if both territories are of interest.
If you wish to protect your trade mark in the UK and EU now, or if you would like to review your current trade mark protection, please contact a member of our Trade Marks team.