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Apr 12, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 7/17)
United Kingdom
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White Paper on Great Repeal Bill Published

In March 2017 the Prime Minister formally started the process of the United Kingdoms’ withdrawal from the European Union (EU). The government has published a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill. This will provide legal certainty by converting the body of existing EU law into United Kingdom (UK) law.

EU Trademarks (EUTM) continue to be valid in the UK while the country remains a full member of the EU. When the UK leaves the EU, a EUTM will continue to be valid in the remaining EU member states.

When the UK has left the EU, UK businesses will still be able to register an EU trade mark, which will cover all remaining EU Member States.

With regard to International Registrations UK businesses will continue to have access to the Madrid System when looking to protect their trademarks.

IPO informs that inquiries can be sent