Britain’s Brexit future may be complex and unclear.
But with Mewburn Ellis, protecting your IP need not be.
As businesses grapple with the complexities and the increasing uncertainties around Brexit, Mewburn Ellis is taking a bold but simple step to help you manage your intellectual property with confidence.
If we leave the EU, Mewburn Ellis will manage the process to convert existing and new clients’ pending EU trade mark applications into UK trade mark applications – for free. The benefits are clear. With barely 100 days to go before the first potential Brexit date of 29 March 2019, our offer not only saves rights holders time and money, but helps provide peace of mind at a time they need it most.
If a Brexit transitional period is agreed beyond the 29 March 2019, we will keep our offer open until the end of the transitional period. You don't need to do anything now other than register your interest in this offer by clicking here .
As a firm, Mewburn Ellis has always been forward-looking in our approach to IP. For more than 150 years we’ve been finding new ways to help our clients nurture, plan and protect their ideas. We’re delighted to continue this tradition.
If you’re an existing client
If you’re an existing client, first of all we will check to make sure you haven’t dual filed in the EU and the UK. If you haven’t dual filed then the conversion will happen automatically at the relevant time and we will report this to you in the usual way. If you have already dual filed then conversion is unlikely to be necessary, however a member of our trade mark team can review the status and details of the parallel EU and UK applications and provide you with further advice if required. Any queries should be directed to your usual trade mark contact at Mewburn Ellis. To register your interest in this offer click here.
If you’re a new client
If you are a new client, then we will need to go through our standard client take on process and a member of our trade mark team will contact you about this. The process will involve us sending out a client engagement letter and possibly asking for money in advance to cover any official fees. We will also ask you to indicate which EUTMs you wish to convert, and request that you provide us with the necessary details so we can process the request. To register your interest in this offer click here.
If you’re a law firm
If you are a law firm them you may have multiple clients who wish to take advantage of this offer. In due course, we will need to know which clients are interested and which trade marks and involved. We will appoint ourselves as representative for the UK application as part of this process To register your interest in this offer click here. If you are a UK law firm we will need to go through out standard client take on process before we can proceed and a member of our trade mark team will contact you about this.
Terms and Conditions
- “Free” means that we will not make a service charge to convert the pending EU case, to file any forms at the UK IPO, and to record ourselves as the representatives. However, UK IPO official fees will still have to be paid at the point of conversion, as will any costs further on – including our service charge for dealing with publication and grant of the UK TM, or dealing with any UK objections or UK oppositions.
- At this stage, we cannot foresee what will happen with pending EUTMs which are under opposition at the point that Brexit takes effect, and until there is clarity on this matter these are excluded from the offer.
- The offer applies to pending EU cases, regardless of whether Mewburn Ellis is already responsible for the case or not.
- New clients will receive formal engagement letters, in line with professional regulation requirements. If a substantial number of conversions are being filed, we may need to request payment of the official fees in advance.