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Brexit and intellectual property rights in Europe
Despite the headlines, there is reassuringly little change

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) has created uncertainty for intellectual property rights in Europe. The situation for patents is simple though – there will be no change when the UK leaves the EU.

The European Patent Office (EPO) has never been part of the EU, so Carpmaels & Ransford will continue to provide pan-European prosecution and litigation in the UK national courts, as we have done for many years.

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The Unitary Patent & The Unified Patent Court
A new system for granting and litigating patents in Europe

The Unitary Patent will be a single patent covering all participating Member States of the European Union. It will be available with almost no translation costs and will have a single relatively low renewal fee.

The Unified Patent Court will have exclusive jurisdiction over the new Unitary Patents and all other patents granted by the EPO (subject to an opt-out).

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