On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom (UK) held a tightly-fought referendum as to whether to remain in, or leave, the European Union (EU). As you are aware, a narrow majority voted in favour to leave the EU.
Despite the result of the referendum, the UK will remain a member of the EU until all exit negotiations are settled, which will take at least two years.
Our clients can rest assured that a UK exit from the EU will have no effect whatsoever on existing or future European patents. Our patent attorneys are qualified European Patent Attorneys, in addition to holding national UK Patent Attorney qualifications. Our attorneys can still act before the European Patent Office, just as before.
The European Patent Organisation is not legally bound to the EU, and has several members which are not themselves EU states including Norway and Switzerland. The work of the European Patent Organisation is not affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The European Patent Organisation was formed in 1977, and has offered applicants the opportunity to obtain a European Patent ever since. We have always prosecuted European patent applications for our UK and overseas clients, and we will continue to do so as usual.
chapman+co also remains able to file and act for clients in Community Trade Mark and Design applications at the EUIPO, alongside national UK Trade Mark and design registrations. Our trade mark and design team are qualified to act before this office, and will continue to be so.
As a dynamic and progressive company, we have already made preparations to open a new German office before the UK’s exit from the EU. We have an ongoing expansion plan, and this is just one exciting development.
As ever, we remain committed to our clients and will continue to provide a first class service in all aspects of IP, at home and abroad.
To discuss any IP matters please email email@example.com or call the office on tel: +44 (0) 1962 600500 and chat to one of our qualified advisors.
Helga has consistently shown exceptional service and proficiency in IP practice, in a manner that is friendly, yet professional.Colin Truter
Attorney at Brian Bacon & Associates