Post-Brexit Trade Mark and Designs

Post-Brexit Trade Mark and Designs

On December 31st 2020, the UK will leave the European Union trade mark and design systems.  We have prepared the following brief – and hopefully helpful – resumé of what is going to happen with Brexit and the main things that need to be considered.
Before we begin, please let us clarify that Brexit does not affect patents.  The European Patent Convention (“EPC”) is nothing to do with the EU and, although the UK is leaving the EU, it is remaining as a member of the EPC.
But, it is a different story for trade marks and designs...

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