Posted by Charlotte Ebbutt, Associate
Deadline looms for filing UK trade marks based on pre-Brexit pending EU applications
At the end of the Brexit transition period [31.12.20] the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) automatically created comparable UK rights for all registered EU trade marks. However, where EU applications were pending on the 1st January 2021, applicants were required to file a separate UK application if they wanted to protect their mark in the UK. Applicants were given a period of nine months to file a UK trade mark application if they wanted to claim any priority filing date from the pending EU application.