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What Will Happen To Registered EU Trademark Rights After 2020? By Laura West

Laura West, UK Chartered & European trademark and design attorney at the intellectual property firm- Mathys & Squire, advises us about our next steps as it is important to note that as the UK leaves the European Union, EU trademarks (EUTMs) will still be valid in the other 27 member countries of the EU: Austria, Belgium, […]

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Laura West, UK Chartered & European trademark and design attorney at the intellectual property firm- Mathys & Squire, advises us about our next steps as it is important to note that as the UK leaves the European Union, EU trademarks (EUTMs) will still be valid in the other 27 member countries of the EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. However, the UK has entered a transition period (due to last until 31 December 2020), after which time registered EUTMs will no longer extend to the UK. These rights will be automatically ‘cloned’ by the UKIPO to create equivalent UK rights which will ensure continued protection and enforceability in the UK. Trademarks will continue to be protected and enforced in the UK. Although marks will be fully independent of…

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