EU (European Union) trademarks and design will soon not be applicable to the UK (United Kingdom). This is because the UK is leaving the EU on 31 December 2020, assuming there is no extension to current transition period.
As from 1 January 2021, if applicants wish to protect designs and trademarks in both the EU and the UK, separate applications must be submitted before the UK patent and trademark office and before the EU patent and trademark office. Valet Patent Services, LLP is well placed to assist clients in applying for trademarks and designs because we have offices in the UK (in greater London) and in the EU (Munich area) and because we have qualified UK, German and EU design and trademark attorneys. In order to assist applicants with this new burden, we are offering a package price when applications are filed for both UK and EU design application and when applications are filed for both UK and EU trademark applications.
Specifically, our combined fees are as follow:
|UK and EU Trademark application:
|Combined flat service fee for UK and EU application (for 1 class)
|EU – Official fee for 1 class
|UK – Official fee for 1 class
|170.00 GBP (~190.00 €)
|UK and EU Design application:
|Combined flat service fee for UK and EU application (for 1 Design)
|EU – Official fee for 1 design
|UK – Official fee for 1 Design
|50.00 GBP (~56.00 €)
On 1 January 2021, all EU designs and trademarks that have already been registered will automatically be converted to UK designs and trademarks. No Action is needed by the applicant to convert the EU trademarks and registered design to UK trademarks and registered designs.
Any pending (not yet registered) designs and trademarks do not automatically convert to UK designs and trademarks. Instead, the applicant must apply for extension to the UK by 30 September 2021. In order to avoid the potential procedural difficulties in applying for the conversion of pending cases, we suggest to already begin filing in both the UK and in the EU when filing design and trademark applications.
For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here.