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Q. How will the UK’s departure from the EU impact upon the scope of protection enjoyed by my Registered and Unregistered Community Designs?

At the end of the transition period, Registered Community Designs, as well as Unregistered Community designs, will no longer be valid in the UK but these rights will be immediately and automatically replaced by UK rights. If you have a Registered Community Design application that is still pending on 1 January 2021 you will need to apply to register a comparable UK Registered Design in the 9 months after 1 January 2021. Your comparable UK Registered Design will retain the earlier filing date of the pending “Community” (EU) application and you will be able to claim any priority you had on the pending EU application. The comparable UK application will undergo examination from UKIPO.

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