One of the effects of Brexit was that the UK introduced a requirement for a UK based representative for all UK national trade marks, patents and designs and international registrations designating the UK in January 2021. However, there was a grace period for comparable trade marks or re-registered designs deriving from an EU national trade mark or international registration designating the EU.
The UKIPO has issued guidance though confirming that the grace period will end on 1 January 2024 and from then:
- Any right holder who owns comparable trade marks or re-registered designs will be required to provide a UK, Gibraltar or Channel Islands address for service in the event that the right become subject to contentious proceedings. Such proceedings include invalidation, rectification, or revocation actions; and
- Any right holder who wishes to record a change of address for any comparable trade mark or re-registered design will be required to provide a UK, Gibraltar or Channel Islands address unless their legal representative already holds such an address. Read more