There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the United Kingdoms (UK) and the European Union (EU) lately. If the UK departs from the EU, there may be a possibility of EU intellectual property rights being affected.
What are some possibilities?
The UK’s possible departure may affect EU Community Trademarks and there may be a possibility of EU Community Trademarks not covering the UK anymore. Moreover, there is a possibility of legislation passing that may provide separate UK trademark rights for EU marks that once covered the UK. These marks would be independent from the EU. Separate EU and UK trademark rights may entail separate renewal fees. This may mean that the UK will require a separate renewal fee from the EU, and thus, trademark holders may have to pay the UK’s renewal fee and a renewal fee for their separate EU trademark. Another possibility is that there is a separate requirement for continuous use of the trademark. Trademark holders may have to show continuous use in both the UK and EU to maintain trademark rights.
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