The UK will leave the EU on 31st January 2020 and enter into an 11-month transition period ending on 31st December 2020. During the transition period, the UK will continue to apply EU law, although it will legally no longer be an EU member.
EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs are administered through the EUIPO, which is an EU institution. Whilst EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs will remain unchanged during the transition period, there will be changes once the transition period ends on 31st December 2020. The European Patent Office (EPO) is not an EU institution, so Brexit will have no effect on the current patent system. Post-Brexit and even after the end of the transition period, 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.
As a European IP firm, we are set up to continue to represent our clients in all of their European IP matters. You will continue to receive the high levels of service and client care which you have come to expect. We summarise briefly below possible outcomes for some important aspects of IP. We shall of course provide further updates as the situation develops. In the meantime, if you would like additional information, please get in touch with your usual contact at Carpmaels & Ransford.