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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Dez 03, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 20/20)
United Kingdom
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UK Address for Service after Brexit Required

From January 1, 2021, a UK address (or Channel Island address) for service is required for new trademark, design and patent applications, new oppositions, and other proceedings the Government confirmed. Currently, a correspondence address within the other 30 countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) could be used in proceedings.

A UK address for service will not be required for the renewal of existing registered or granted rights. The rules will include transitional provisions for ongoing cases. The EU Trade Mark and Registered Community Design rights that will be re-created on the UK register will not need a UK address for service in the three years following the end of the transition period, as per the terms of the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU (Article 55(2)).

The changes will come into force from January 1, 2021 as long as parliamentary time allows them to be tabled before end of the year.