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Brexit and Trade Marks: An Update

Brand Protection

From 1 January 2021 all EU trade mark registrations will no longer cover the UK.
However, all EU trade marks that have been registered before 31 December 2020 or ‘IP Completion Day’, will be automatically converted by the UK Intellectual Property Office into their own fully independent UK trade mark holding the original EU trade mark filing date. There will be no additional fees to pay.

The Job Support Scheme

The Government has introduced a new scheme (the Job Support Scheme) to replace the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Support Scheme is designed to assist businesses that are facing decreased demand due to the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amazon Brand Registry

Amazon’s Brand Registry helps brand owners protect their IP rights and creates “an accurate and trusted experience for customers”. The Registry ensures that the trade mark owners are the only sellers who can sell their products on Amazon.

Glossary of Commercial Property Terms

Understanding the language used in the commercial property world is important if you want to avoid costly mistakes and protect your interests. Below is a glossary of some of the most commonly used terms.

Settlement Agreements: The Basics

A Settlement agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding agreement between an employee and their employer by which the parties compromise an employee’s contractual and/or statutory claims. Settlement agreements are most commonly entered into on termination of employment, although they can be used where employment is continuing.

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