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D. Will there be any impact on pending applications, or on new patent applications filed at the EPO?

No – the filing and prosecution of European patent applications before the EPO will not be affected by Brexit. Applications will continue to designate the UK while they are pending, as they do at the moment. Once granted, the patent can be validated in the UK and in each of the designated states (as well as any designated extension states and validation states including requesting a Unitary Patent when available), such that it will have the same effect as national patents in each of those states.

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