Brexit will have an effect on intellectual property (IP) rights. The nature of that effect may not be as dramatic as some have speculated but will be determined by the agreement now being negotiated between the UK Government and the European Union (EU). The situation is different for different IP rights.
Brexit has been further delayed until 31 January 2020, but the situation and timing is thrown into doubt by a parliamentary election in the UK scheduled for 12 December 2019.
While political uncertainty still clouds the manner and timing of Brexit, the position on IP rights remains as previously advised. The UK Government has issued some guidance on the likely impact on IP rights. Appleyard Lees is monitoring developments closely, but at this stage we do not recommend any immediate action.
European Patents – Not Affected
SPCs – Protection Framework Maintained
European Registered Trade Marks – Protection Continues – UK Rights will be Cloned
European Registered Community Designs – Protection Continues – UK Rights will be Cloned
Pending EU Applications – Backdated Filings Possible for 9 Months
August 12, 2019
March 22, 2019
Robert Cumming and Cherry Shin discuss the smooth management of your UK trade mark portfolio post-Brexit.Learn more
February 28, 2019
As the deadline for the UK’s exit from the European Union approaches, the EU’s Community Plants Variety Office (CPVO) has issued a notice on Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) and Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR).Learn more
October 12, 2018
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July 13, 2018
May 25, 2017
We recently hosted the latest in a series of IP events at the Restaurant Bar and Grill in Manchester. The event was well attended by trainee and recently qualified solicitorsLearn more
March 28, 2017
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 TreatyLearn more
October 4, 2016
June 24, 2016
June 8, 2016
On 23 June 2016, the UK will vote in a referendum as to whether to remain in or leave the EU. A remain vote means business as usual. We areLearn more
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