In the various figures, projects or processes of
coordination at European level concerning the Industrial and
intellectual property, undoubtedly the Community Design and the
Mark of the European Union will be one of the most affected
figures, as indicated our expert Gilberto Macías
Since June 23 the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave
(Brexit) the European Union (EU), this decision will lead to
significant changes in the field of Intellectual Property, with the
figures of the mark of the European Union ( MUE) and Community
design (DC) two of the most affected.
However, it is important to note that these changes are not
immediate and, in theory, are not expected until within a period of
2 years at least.
Therefore, current records MUE and DC are completely
valid both in the UK and the rest of the territory of the Union, so
that, for now, do not make any changes or make any decisions,
because there is no any impending loss of rights.
Indeed, until the EU and the United Kingdom agree to the
conditions of departure, it will be time to assess the protection
they have from that moment holders MUE and DC, as well as designing
the strategy adequate and suitable protection to follow in each
Today we can only talk about speculation, but most likely is
that once confirmed departure, the scope of protection of the EU
Community trademarks and designs entirely excluded from the
territory of the United Kingdom. So, if you want to protect a
trademark or design in both jurisdictions, they will have to submit
two separate applications.
However, to avoid the loss of rights, surely a transition period
will be established for community records can be converted into
national registries in the UK maintaining the original filing
This issue, along with some more - seniority claimed a prior
right English; revocation for non-use; English professional
representation of holders (in theory English lawyers can not act
before the euipo); validity of the use of an EU brand in the UK;
unregistered rights protection in the UK in the EU; protection of
unregistered Community design in the UK; etc. - Will have to be
expressly regulated by an agreement or treaty between the EU and
Until then we can not provide comprehensive advice on the steps,
however, we will be reporting on any news promptly to provide the
best possible advice.
Therefore we will be very attentive to the news published on
this matter, and certainly the scenario that is set to be a
transition period to avoid loss of rights.
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