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Brexit's potential impact on Intellectual Property in the UK

Date: 28 October 2019


On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union. The journey of Brexit is not yet over, but where are we exactly?


Please note: Brexit is a moving story and we endeavour to update our documents as soon as information changes. Nevertheless, please contact one of our attorneys to ensure you receive the most up-to-date information.



Withdrawal Agreement and Transition Period


A Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed between the UK government and the EU with a transition period set to end on 31 December 2020. During this period existing EU law and agreements will continue to apply to avoid disruption while an agreement on the future relationship with the EU can be negotiated.



What does Brexit mean for Intellectual Property rights?


Trade Marks & Designs

EU Trade Marks and Designs rights holders in the UK will see changes to the rights they own. Follow the links below for more detailed information:


Trade Marks & Designs if Brexit deal agreed


Trade Marks & Designs after no-deal Brexit



European patents protection will continue, regardless of whether we leave the EU with or without a deal, because European patent organisations and laws are independent from the EU. Follow the links below for more detailed information:


Patents after Brexit



For further information about intellectual property and Brexit, visit our Brexit Resources page or get in touch with a member of Our Team