What does BREXIT mean for UK trademark validity in Europe and vice versa?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

For every EU trademark registered before December 31st, 2020, the UKIPO has created their UK duplicates, called 'comparable UK trademarks'. These separate UK trademarks have been created free of charge, but if the rights owners choose to renew them in the future, a standard renewal rate will apply. Comparable UK trademarks have kept the original EUTM filing date.

For applications that were pending as of January 1st, 2021, the owners could apply for re-filing in the UK until September 30th, 2021. But other than this exception, EU trademarks registered after January 1st, 2021 are no longer valid in the UK.

Many business owners now opt for dual filing, often through WIPO's Madrid System. This has led to a 43% increase in trademark applications in 2021/2022, as reported by the UKIPO.

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