The consequences of Brexit for trademark protection

By Christopher Benson

In March, the UK government triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially commencing negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Trademark owners now face a number of scenarios

It has now been 11 months since the UK referendum when a slender majority (51.9%) voted that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. Under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, any country that wishes to leave the European Union must file a declaration with the European Council. Now that the Article 50 declaration has been filed by the UK government, it is time to consider the implications of Brexit on trademark protection in the United Kingdom – including the impact on IP portfolios, enforcement strategies and agreements – and what action, if any, rights holders should take to protect and strengthen their interests going forward.

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