Brexit and IP - What happens now?

31 January 2020

Today, 31 January 2020 the UK formally leaves the EU. So what does that mean for IP in Europe? Medilink WM member Withers & Rogers provides an update on the implications of Brexit on IP rights holders.

The UK and the EU have entered into a Withdrawal Agreement which means from 1 February 2020 until at least 31 December 2020 there will be a transition period. During the transition period there will be no effect on IP rights in Europe.

All EU IP law will continue to cover the UK in the same way that it does now, with all the rights and obligations that entails.

What will happen at the end of the transition period?

European patents will be untouched even at the end of the transition period as the European Patent Office is independent of the EU. EU trade marks, designs and other IP rights will see some change at the end of the transition period. Please see our full article on the effect of Brexit on IP in Europe at: https://www.withersrogers.com/news/general/brexit-impact-on-ip-in-europe/

As a European IP firm with offices in both the UK and continental Europe, we are ideally placed to continue to assist our clients throughout the world in obtaining and defending the full range of IP rights in Europe and elsewhere.

Please watch out for our next instalment giving you all you need to know about Brexit and IP.

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