Implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU on EU Trade Marks & Designs
The UK's decision to leave the European Union will have an impact on existing EU Trade Marks and EU Registered Designs, however the ramifications are not yet clear.
For now, the UK is still a Member State of the European Union, and all the legislation that gives effect to EU law is still in force. Nothing has changed as a matter of law as a result of the UK's vote to leave the EU until 29th March 2019.
Therefore, until 29th March 2019 all European Union trade mark and design registrations will be continue to be protected in the United Kingdom. It is thought that, after 29th March 2019 that all European Union trade marks can be extended into the United Kingdom and all filing and priority dates maintained. However, this depends on the agreed terms of a Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and European Union. Until a Withdrawal Agreement is agreed it is difficult to say what will happen with European Union trade mark and design registrations in the United Kingdom.
We therefore strongly recommend that EU Trade Mark owners may wish to consider filing a new UK Trade Mark or Registered Design application now to safeguard your EU Trade Mark or Registred Design in the United Kingdom at the earliest possible date in case the UK and EU do not ratify a Withdrawal Agreement.
We are therefore offering our clients' reduced fees should you decide to file a UK Trade Mark application now to safeguard your trade mark in the United Kingdom. The reduced fee is £299 plus VAT in one class with each additional class costing £90.
Our fee to file a UK Design application is £120.