Brexit and intellectual property: a period of transition
The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on January 31st.
As in many fields of activity, intellectual property has not yet been impacted since a transitional period has started during which the former member State must negotiate with the European Union on the terms of its new relations.
This transition period will last until January 1, 2021 and the UK Intellectual Property Office has declared that the European protection regime will be maintained until the end of this period.
From January 1, 2021 IP rights registered by December 31, 2020 will be automatically converted into identical UK rights.
As for applications not yet registered, there will be a dedicated procedure including the payment of official fees in order to benefit from the same filing date.
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