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European Commission drafts Brexit Agreement which deals with EU IP rights

While the UK government dithers over any Brexit-related decisions, the European Commission has released its version of a draft Withdrawal Agreement.  The full document can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_withdrawal_agreement.pdf  Buried within a vast array of diverse issues are Articles relating to EU intellectual property rights.  These provide some seemingly sensible and practical details of how […]

Brexit update on Trade Marks

We thought we would focus on the practical implications of Brexit on trade mark protection in the UK with a simple Q&A. Will I need to file separate EU and UK applications after Brexit (possibly 2019)? Almost certainly yes, unless the UK and the EU agree a compromise. What about my existing EU registrations? There […]

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

On March 29, Theresa May formally notified the European Union of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. The UK Government now begins the lengthy and uncharted process of negotiating the terms of our exit with our European partners. Initially, there will be no change as the UK will remain an EU member until […]

Hard Brexit Q&A from EUIPO

The European Union Intellectual Property Office, who are responsible for all EU trade marks and registered designs, have issued a “Question and Answer” document setting out the implications of a hard Brexit on EU trade marks and registered designs.  Whilst all parties are working towards a transitional period to ease these changes, and/or a long […]

Brexit, the EU position

The European Commission has issued its position paper on pan-European Union Intellectual Property (IP) rights post-Brexit.  As patents are NOT governed by the EU but come under the remit of European Patent Office, they are unaffected by Brexit and are not included in the document.  Thus the EU need only concern itself with other IP […]

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