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Feb 06, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 1/20)
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Impact of UK’s Withdrawal

In accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK), the UK left the EU on February 1, 2020.

The Withdrawal Agreement stipulates that during a transition period that will last until December 31, 2020, EU law remains applicable to and in the UK. This extends to the EU Trade Marks (EUTM) and Registered Community Designs (RCD) Regulations and their implementing instruments.

This continued application of the EUTM Regulations and the RCD Regulations during the transition period includes, in particular, all substantive and procedural provisions as well as the rules concerning representation in proceedings before the EUIPO.

In consequence, all proceedings before the Office that involve grounds of refusal pertaining to the territory of the UK, earlier rights originating from the UK, or parties/representatives domiciled in the UK will run as they did previously, until the end of the transition period.

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