Brexit Trademark Applications – Never Miss an Opportunity…..other than being part of the EU obviously.


straight outta europe trademark

Trademark UK

Well listen, particularly given the economic uncertainty, if there’s an opportunity to make a pound, even if it is worth a lot less now, then you had better grab it with both hands.

And forget Brexit, because things just got sexy with the SEXIT Trademark Application!!

sexit trademark application

Yes, John Pearson Huband has applied for a trademark, which somewhat ironically will cover the whole of the UK (I wonder has Scotland thought through the Trademark Implications of independence, they’ll have to set up their own trademark office for a start!) for SEXIT, and for what? ‘In relation to advertising and promotion of Scottish Independence’

John wins our “Trademarks applied for on the day of Brexit” competition*

A round of applause and doth of the cap is also deserved for Nick Allen, Sarah Allen, N.E.L Allen,  Stephens Scown LLP and Miranda Woodhouse for their equally impressive entrepreneurship having also registered on the 24th of June, the following:trademarks registered about brexit

Just a couple of actual ‘Law’ things (this blog isn’t just about my hilarious witty banter you know)

  1. Each of those applications cost £170
  2. 3 our of 4 of them (Brexkit is the other) will almost likely be rejected
  3. You don’t get your money back when your application is rejected
  4. This is why I keep telling people they should consult a professional. If any of the 3 people had even come to my blog and entered the chat window I could have told them in 30 seconds not to apply for those terms and saved them £170

More Law?

Wow, look at you eager beavers! The detailed reasons why the 3 of those applications probably wont get trademarks can be found at, but in brief:

  • Sexit – Generic, incapable of distinguishing goods and services, would create a monopoly over a word other campaigners may want to use
  • Independence Day – Generic term, lack of distinctive element – The only thing is they are trying to register it for beers, and arguably it could be distinctive for that
  • It wouldn’t have happened in the EU – Will likely be looked at as a slogan rather than a badge of origin
*There was no competition

About the author 

Brian Conroy

I am a Trademark, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Solicitor with a background in the media industry. I specialise in Data Protection, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, both contentious and non-contentious. I trained with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin, and spent 13 years working within the Denis O'Brien owned Communicorp Group of radio stations. For further information or to arrange a consultation or call back phone Leman Solicitors on 01 6393000

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