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

Until the UK leaves the EU, the UK remains a full member thereof and there will be no changes to current IP law.

The latest position is as follows:

The European Patent Office (EPO) is not an EU institution, so Brexit will have no effect on the current patent system. Regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process, 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 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 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.