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Brexit: Intellectual Property and .eu Domains

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 12, 2019 11:30:00 AM

To be or not to be.  That is the question. Another Brexit deadline has passed.  The new date looks set to be on Halloween -- nightmarish, no doubt, in the interim and long after. EU UK flag

While there is little clarity on what the trading arrangements between the UK and the EU will be after the
withdrawal, there is some pretty straightforward advice on intellectual property and .eu domains. This is of particular importance to Lloyd Parry, as we have numerous "Community" EU trademarks and a never-ending list of .eu's.

We thought we would share some resources that we have found helpful in these two areas and in general. Just click on the blue headings. If you have any as a UK business offering services into the EU, please add them in the comments section below or contact us directly and we will update the list. 

Intellectual Property (IP)

 UK Government

This guide offers information on the future of IP laws and the affect on ‘owners’ in the UK.

Mathys-Squire

This IP legal firm handles our UK and international trademarks.  They have just published a short update and, of course, the services they can offer in light of it.  The good news is:

"There are provisions to ensure that there will be no loss of rights for existing EUTM and EU design registration holders with “cloned” UK registrations to be created automatically on exit day." --MS

.eu Domains  

European Commission

The download pertaining to this area is fairly technical, but the gist is that as of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, UK businesses and persons will no longer be eligible to register or renew .eu domains.

 General Information

UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The German-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The European Commission

By the time the 31stof October arrives, I feel quite certain we will all be asking for a treat -- lots of them, but  no tricks.Pumpkin

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Topics: IT Business, Business Tips, Brexit Resources, Brexit and .eu Domains, Brexit and Intellectual Property