Are UK trademarks valid in Europe?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

No, a UK trademark is not valid outside of the UK, which includes the rest of Europe. This is also true for the European Union specifically since after BREXIT, the UK and the EU became two separate trademark jurisdictions. This also makes UK trademarks invalid in Ireland.

This is also true in reverse - EU trademarks issued by the EUIPO are not valid in the UK. However, a special note should be made about EU trademarks registered before December 31st, 2020. For them, the UKIPO has created corresponding UK duplicates free of charge. However, this still doesn't make EU trademarks valid in the UK; instead, the owners of these EU trademarks now own two separate trademarks - an EU and a UK one.

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