The European Union (EU) has granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit. The extension means that the UK will currently now leave the EU no later than the 31st October, averting the possibility of the UK leaving the EU on Friday 12th April with no deal in place.
UK Parliament has rejected the withdrawal agreement put forward by the Prime Minister three times, and has also as yet been unable to reach a consensus on a number of alternative options.
Implications for Intellectual Property:
The European Patent Office (EPO) is not an EU institution, so Brexit will have no effect on the current patent system. Regardless of whether there is a deal or not, post-Brexit, patent applications filed by Carpmaels & Ransford at the EPO will still cover the UK (via conventional national validation), and they will be litigated in the UK national courts as usual. The European Patent Convention will continue to be part of UK law, and our European patent attorneys will continue to act in the usual way in all matters before the EPO.
Further information can be found on our Brexit website pages. These provide further guidance on the position of intellectual property post-Brexit and in a “no deal” scenario. However, as a European IP firm, we are set up to continue to represent our clients in all of their European IP matters regardless of the outcome of Brexit. You will continue to receive the high levels of service and client care which you have come to expect. We will continue to monitor the situation as the subsequent votes take place.
If you have any queries in the meantime about the impact of Brexit on your IP strategy please speak to your usual contact at the firm.