Protecting Trademarks Post-Brexit: Implications of Brexit on IP Rights

Current and Pending EU Registrations, Renewals, and Cancellation; Considerations for IP Agreements

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Conducted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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This CLE webinar will guide IP counsel on trademark protection after Brexit. The panel will discuss current EU registrations, renewals, and cancellations, as well as pending EU applications. The panel will address IP agreements and the importance of reviewing these agreements and considering whether any amendments must be made. The panel will also discuss the steps to ensure the protection of IP rights going forward.

Description

The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement went into effect on Jan. 31, 2020 and provided for implementing registered EU intellectual property rights into UK law after Brexit. EU trademark registrations were provided protection in the UK until the end of 2020.

For every EU trademark registration in force at year-end, unless trademark owners opted out, a cloned UK right was created automatically, and retained the filing date of the EU registration. No cloned right was automatically created for pending EU trademark applications; however, this is a nine-month grace period during which the owner of an EU trademark application pending at Dec. 31, 2020 can apply for a corresponding UK application.

Trademark owners and their counsel should consider the implications of Brexit on existing agreements relating to trademarks.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys examines the implications of Brexit for IP protection. The panel will discuss current EU registrations, renewals, and cancellations, as well as pending EU registrations. The panel will address IP agreements and the importance of reviewing these agreements and considering whether any amendment must be made. The panel will discuss the considerations and steps companies and counsel should take going forward to ensure the protection of IP rights.

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Outline

  1. Implications of Brexit on trademark protection
  2. Current EU registrations, renewals, and cancellation
  3. Pending EU registrations
  4. IP agreements
    1. Review
    2. Amendments or new agreements needed?
  5. Best practices for protecting trademarks post-Brexit

Benefits

The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • What happens to trademarks pending at the end of the transition period?
  • What changes should businesses be looking to make to their filing strategies in the UK and EU?
  • What are the implications for representation in the EU trademark institutions?
  • What happens to opposition and cancellation actions?

Faculty

Maynard, Kimberly
Kimberly M. Maynard

Partner
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Ms. Maynard represents emerging and established companies on intellectual property matters across a variety of...  |  Read More

Poulter, Allan
Allan Poulter

Partner
Bird & Bird

With experience in all aspects of international brand management, protection and enforcement, Mr. Poulter focuses on...  |  Read More

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