The government of the United Kingdom has today written to the European Council informing it of its intention to leave the European Union. Pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, this begins a two year notice period following which, unless there is an extension or the request is withdrawn, the UK will no longer form part of the EU.
For IP rights owners it is still business as usual. Appleyard Lees will continue to file and advise on European patents before the European Patent Office (EPO) and EU Trade Marks before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Businesses should discuss the strategic implications of this change with their usual Appleyard Lees attorney.
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