Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, a messy process will begin to formally separate the country from the union. One issue to be resolved is the affect of the “Brexit” on UK trademark rights for holders of Community Trademarks (aka CTM or OHIM or EU or EUIPO trademarks).
Here are a few articles discussing some of the issues that will need to be resolved:
- What would a Brexit mean for IP rights? (Lexology)
- Brexit: Potential Consequences For European Union Trademarks (Foley & Hoag ‘Trademark & Copyright Law’ blog)
- Brexit: what would happen to trade mark law? (Michael Gardenr of Wedlake Bell LLP)
- Impact on IP if the United Kingdom Exits the EU (Brexit) (Fish & Richardson ‘Trademark and Copyright Blog’)
Bottom line: No one really know exactly what will happen to trademark rigths as negotiations and agreements will be necessary to formalize the exit.