Brexit Update 31/1/20

The UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020 and will then enter a transitional period which means that essentially, the UK remains part of the EU for Intellectual Property purposes until 31 December 2020. During this period the UK and EU will be negotiating the terms of their relationship post 2020. There is provision to extend this period although at present, this seems unlikely.

The effect Brexit and the transitional provisions have on trade marks and designs is set out below. We continue to be in a position to handle EU and UK trade mark, patent and design matters from our offices in both London and Munich.

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