Thursday, April 20 2023   \  Published by AJ Park .

Brexit and Pacific Island trade mark protection

Brexit and Pacific Island trade mark protection

Following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU), this now provides a new opportunity for trade mark owners to extend protection to Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

These jurisdictions are UK re-registration territories and require a certified copy of a UK registration to secure registered protection. Being re-registration territories, extending rights of UK trade marks is a much-simplified procedure with minimal formality and substantive examination.

What’s changed for EU trade mark holders?

Before Brexit, it was impossible to rely on a granted EU trade mark registration in United Kingdom re-registration jurisdictions. Although EU-registered trade mark rights automatically extended to the UK, the registration was not considered a UK registration. Read more

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