In a referendum held on 23rd June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union

The UK Government will now have to negotiate terms of exit from the EU with its European partners.  This process started with the notification under Article 50 in March 2017, and will likely take at least two years to complete. During these negotiations the UK will remain an EU member.

The UK Government has now announced that all EU law and accompanying case law will be transferred into UK law on the day that the UK leaves the EU. In a recently released white paper the UK Government’s stated aim is to provide a smooth and certain transition into the post Brexit era. While the proposals do not specifically mention Intellectual Property (IP), those forms of IP that are generated by EU law seem likely to be preserved in the UK.

As a European IP firm, we have made preparations 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, even once Brexit is complete in years to come.

We summarise briefly below the likely situation 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.

23rd June 2016
Brexit Referendum:
UK votes to leave the EU
29th March 2017
UK gives notice to leave under Article 50
March 2019?
UK completes exit negotiations and leaves EU
April 2019?
Transitional period begins
December 2020?
Transitional period ends