European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

The EUIPO issues registrations for trademarks and registered community designs (RCDs) that have effect throughout the European Union (EU). These intellectual property rights are valid across all member states of the EU, but are separate rights from the trademark and design rights issued by individual EU member states. The EUIPO is a separate agency from that of the European Patent Office (EPO), which focuses on patents in European countries. 


The United Kingdom (UK) remains part of the EU trademark and design system throughout the Brexit transition period that ends on December 31, 2020. EU trademarks and RCDs will continue to extend to the UK during this time. On January 1, 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) will provide a comparable UK trademark and industrial design right for every registered EU trademark and published RCD. Regarding applications for EU trademarks and RCDs that are still pending on January 1, 2021, applicants will need to apply to UKIPO within certain time periods to register for comparable UK rights. See UKIPO's Changes to EU and international designs and trade mark protection from 1 January 2021 for more information.

Treaties that help facilitate IP filings


Worksharing and other cooperative arrangements


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