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January 27, 2020 About the EUIPO
Impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs: updated information
Ahead of 1 February 2020, the day on which the UK will leave the EU in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the EU and the UK (read the latest news here), the EUIPO has updated the Brexit section on its website.
The Withdrawal Agreement stipulates that during a transition period that will last until 31 December 2020, EU law remains applicable to and in the UK. This extends to the EUTM and RCD Regulations and their implementing instruments.
This continued application of the EUTM Regulations and the RCD Regulations during the transition period includes, in particular, all substantive and procedural provisions as well as the rules concerning representation in proceedings before the EUIPO.
In consequence, all proceedings before the Office that involve grounds of refusal pertaining to the territory of the UK, earlier rights originating from the UK, or parties/representatives domiciled in the UK will run as they did previously, until the end of the transition period.
For more information, please consult the relevant section on our website.