Brexit – Business as usual for the European patent system

Brexit will – in due course – have the effect of the UK leaving the EU. Despite ongoing political uncertainty, it is very much a case of “business as usual” for current and prospective IP owners until at least March 2019 when the UK is due to formally exit the EU. Beyond that, the longer term implications for IP owners are likely to be limited.  Indeed, the European patent system will be entirely unaffected by Brexit, as explained here and in the below video.

Update – December 2018:

In the event of a “no-deal Brexit” (i.e. whereby the UK exist the EU without any agreed transition period), the UK government has published the following technical notice confirming what the impact would be on how the system of registered and unregistered EU trade mark and designs would be affected:

Update – March 2019

We are pleased to announce that, in view of ongoing political uncertainty we have “Brexit-proofed” our business and our clients’ intellectual property portfolios by partnering with German-based patent, design and trade mark attorney firm RGTH (Richter · Gerbaulet · Thielemann · Hofmann Patentanwälte) –  This UK-EU alliance will help our clients to seamlessly navigate the potential implications of Brexit whatever the outcome.

Update – June 2021

6 months on from Brexit, we have created a handy Quick Guide to answer the key questions about Brexit and your intellectual property rights – read it here.

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