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Junior Seminar: Brexit & the UPC – What is the latest?

Thursday 25 May 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 solicitors and patent and trade mark attorneys from across the region.

Talks were given by Howard Read, a Patent Attorney, and Chris Hoole, a qualified Solicitor and Associate, from Appleyard Lees. Howard’s talk summarised key facts relating to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Chris spoke about the implications of Brexit on intellectual property rights.

Howard’s talk was very interactive and seemed to be well received by the audience (some of whom knew very little about the UPC and its progress to date). Howard discussed the common beliefs and misconceptions about the UPC including its role, who is entitled to use it and when it is likely to open (which is still uncertain in view of Brexit).

This led nicely onto Chris’ talk regarding the implications of Brexit on European Union IP rights, particularly trade marks. Chris discussed the potential scenarios issued by the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and possible outcomes for EU trade mark holders once the UK leaves the EU.

Further information can be found here. For now, the general advice to IP right holders in the EU is that 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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The feedback we received from the audience was that each talk was extremely informative and well presented, with both speakers engaging with their audience. This resulted in an active discussion about both the UPC and the implications of Brexit.

Following the talks there was an opportunity to network over drinks and nibbles. If you are interested in attending Appleyard Lees’ next junior seminar and/or future networking events, please contact our marketing department for more information.

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