Brexit outgoing

Community trademark

As the majority of citizens of the United Kingdom is known in the referendum held June 23, 2016 gave a positive opinion at the exit of its European Union country.

Despite the outcome of the referendum, the United Kingdom will continue to join the European Union until the negotiations about modalities of withdrawal from treaties have not been completed.

According with the established in article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, in fact, the United Kingdom must first notify the European Council of its intention. Following that notification and in the light of the guidelines that will be formulated by the European Council, then open the negotiations aimed at defining the modalities of withdrawal and the renegotiation of existing agreements.

During this period, the European Union legislation on industrial property will continue to operate even with reference to the United Kingdom and therefore new applications for trademark filing and / or design at the EUIPO will cover all current 28 countries, including the UK.

At present, the IP offices concerned (EUIPO and UKIPO) have not released official communications on the procedures that will be prepared at a time when the withdrawal of the United Kingdom will become effective. It may be put in place a procedure of the conversion type, to validate nationally in the UK rights acquired by the European Union marks or Community designs.

On EUIPO site, was for the moment only  published the Joint Information Statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mark Rutte, current President of the EU Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, released June 24, 2016.