As Brexit is now in effect, you may be wondering about the implications this transition may have on your trademark registration. Current EU trademark owners will comply with existing EU trademark law until December 31, 2020. After that, the registrations will automatically be transferred to the United Kingdom trademark register. Applications still pending with the EUIPO after that date will have an additional nine months to file for transition to the UK. Anyone looking to file for trademark registration moving forward will need to file separate applications in both the EU and UK.
For more information, read our guides on how to register your trademark in the EU and the UK:
Existing EU Registrations
If you currently own a trademark registered in the EU, the process of retaining trademark protection in the United Kingdom will be simple. Existing EU trademark laws will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. At that time, all existing EU registrations will then be transferred to the UK trademark register automatically. Beginning January 1, 2021, these trademarks will then be registered in both the European Union and the United Kingdom, but they will retain their EU priority date. Going forward, trademark owners will need to maintain and renew the mark in both the UK and the EU.