In this briefing, we highlight the key consequences of Brexit for intellectual property rights and domain names and what businesses will need to consider.
For the majority of businesses, the rights which are most affected by Brexit, and which will therefore require more focus are EU trade marks and registered Community designs. Licence agreements will also be affected, and changes in respect of the rules regarding registration of .eu domain names may well have an impact.
Meanwhile, businesses involved in distribution of branded goods may be affected by changes to the position on exhaustion of rights. There are also implications for businesses which rely on protected geographical indications or designations of origin.
NOTE: where we use the terms "Post-Brexit" or "after Brexit", this refers to the period after the expiry of the Brexit transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020.