BREXIT: the implications for an exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union for trade mark law

October 2015

The United Kingdom is due to have a referendum on its continued membership of the European Union by the end of 2017.

There has been considerable debate on the implications of a possible British exit, a so called BREXIT, from the European Union with regards economic, political and foreign policy. However, what are the implications for trade mark law? The article below, originally published in the October/November 2015 issue of the World Trademark Review, discusses some of the implications of BREXIT on the Community Trade Mark and trade mark law in general in the United Kingdom;

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The article should be of interest to any brand owner or representative of any brand owner who trades in the United Kingdom or European Union and is or intends to be the owner of a Community Trade Mark (soon to be called the ‘European Union Trade Mark’). 

If you have any questions on the article and the implications of BREXIT for trade marks, please contact the authors Lee Curtis ( or Lauren Somers ( or your usual HGF Advisor.