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  • Writer's pictureRosie Burbidge

The post-Brexit clock is ticking - don't miss out!

We first wrote about the impact of Brexit on UK trade marks over a year ago. We are now over 6 months in since the UK's departure from the EU and rapidly approaching the end of the transitional arrangements.

30 September 2021 is the deadline for filing a new UK application and claiming priority from an earlier EU trade mark application. This only applies if the EU mark was filed on or before 31 December 2020.

Other important changes

  • Separate trade mark filings are now required for the EU and UK.

  • Similar requirements apply for EU registered designs as for EU trade marks. Check your portfolio for any EU designs which had been filed but not yet registered on 31 December 2020. You have until 30 September 2021 to get a UK registered design with the same priority details as the EU registered design.

  • If a trade mark owner, applicant or opponent is not based in the UK, they now need a UK representative in order to engage in any UK registry proceedings including oppositions, cancellation and invalidity actions.

Get in touch if you need a UK representative.

My team can help ensure you don't miss the 30 September 2021 deadline and will guide you through any future trade mark or design issues you may encounter in the UK.

To find out more about the issues raised in this case including trade mark disputes and filing contact Rosie Burbidge, Intellectual Property Partner at Gunnercooke LLP in London -


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