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BREXIT and trademark protection in the UK

Changes related to leaving the EU also concern the legal protection of trademarks. As of 1 January 2021, EU trademarks will no longer be valid in the United Kingdom. All trademarks registered from 1 January 2021 onward will be registered in the UK and will automatically receive UK national protection. Subsequent actions, such as renewal, etc., will be performed separately from the earlier EU label. EU trade marks pending at that date will have to be filed as separate applications to gain protection in the UK, as well as additional fees and other registration costs paid. Applications will have to be submitted within nine months. The filing date will be the date of the EU trade mark application on which the UK application is based. The new application will have to be filed in the same classes as the earlier EU trade mark application. Further procedures with the trademark will be performed in accordance with the legislation in force in the UK.

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