4 December 2020

Brexit: UK cloned and comparable rights update

If you wish us to assume responsibility for any new UK rights that will be cloned from corresponding registered Community designs or EU trade marks on 1 January 2021, please let us know. We will also be pleased to file any comparable UK applications corresponding to any EU rights that remain pending at 31 December 2020.

From 1 January 2021 any new matters filed at the UK Intellectual Property Office will require a UK address for service. Given the inevitable divergence of UK and EU law and practice, having your clients’ UK cases handled by us will enable your clients’ UK IP portfolios to be managed in one place and ensure a strategic approach. For example, as part of our role as the address for service, we will report any citation notifications on trade mark cases with initial simple advice at no charge. These citation notifications will include all cloned rights, in a change to UK practice.

If you would like our assistance in this matter, please get in touch so we can explain the process in more detail and advise you on the format of any records information we will need from you.

We are here to help you through this Brexit transition, so please contact your usual attorney at Venner Shipley if you have any questions relating to Brexit and the creation of the new UK comparable rights, or in relation to the new UK address for service rules.