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Feb 28, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 3/19)
United Kingdom
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Equivalent UK Marks after Brexit

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) informs that the Office will create equivalent UK trademarks for all registered European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs) after Brexit.

These equivalent UK rights will be recorded on the UK register and retain the filing dates recorded against the corresponding EUTM. They will also inherit any priority and/or seniority dates. The Office informs that these trademarks will be fully independent UK trademarks which can be challenged, assigned, licensed or renewed, separately from the original EUTM.

The number allocated to the comparable mark will be the last 8 digits of the EUTM prefixed with UK009 in order to identify comparable UK rights and distinguish them from existing UK trademarks.

The following examples show how comparable UK trademarks will be numbered:
000000977 (existing EUTMs) will be UK00900000977 (comparable UK trademark)

For further information, please check here

Also, check our earlier update on 'Protection of EU Trademarks and Designs when No Brexit Deal'.