What Brexit means for EU IP Rights Holders

As you know, the United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union (EU), although it will be some time before negotiations commence and the exit will not be before 2018.

We are reminding our clients that their EU Intellectual Property rights at present remain valid and enforceable in the UK, and it is business as usual.

Patents

Granting patents in Europe will be unaffected by the future consequences of Brexit as the European Patent Office is not an EU institution.

EU Trade Marks & Registered Community Designs

There is much speculation as to the treatment of EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs once the UK leaves the EU. The position will be unknown for some time, although there is suggestion that provisions will be made to ensure continuity of rights in the UK.

We will provide you with an update once a more substantive position is known.

Please feel free to get in touch if you are contemplating filing any new trade mark or design applications in the UK or EU, or you would like to discuss this further.