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EuroScience Open Forum 23-27th July 2016
EuroScience Open Forum 23-27th July 2016 - 19.07.16

This year's EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) takes place from 23-27th July 2016 at Manchester Cent...

GRADnet Summer School Herstmonceux Castle
GRADnet Summer School Herstmonceux Castle - 03.07.16

"An Introduction to Intellectual Property" and leading a workshop on patent drafting.

The Effect of the EU Referendum on Trade Mark Rights – Trade Mark UPDATE 28 June 2017
The Effect of the EU Referendum on Trade Mark Rights – Trade Mark UPDATE 28 June 2017 - 28.06.16

After the events of the last 4 days in the UK, once again, we would like to reassure our Client...

BIO International Convention - San Francisco - 6 to 11 June 2016.
BIO International Convention - San Francisco - 6 to 11 June 2016. - 03.06.16

Kerry Rees and Stuart Forrest will be attending this year's BIO International Convention to be ...

UK Patent Box – New regime starting 1 July 2016
UK Patent Box – New regime starting 1 July 2016 - 24.05.16

Under the new UK Patent Box regime, set to be introduced on 1 July 2016, the method of calculat...

Repeal of Section 52 CDPA 1988 - The extension of copyright protection for industrially manufactured artistic works.
Repeal of Section 52 CDPA 1988 - The extension of copyright protection for industrially manufactured artistic works. - 17.05.16

On 28 July 2016 one of the biggest changes to UK copyright and design law in recent times is se...

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'Brexit' - but it's Business as Usual

As widely publicised, the recent referendum in the UK on the question of whether the UK should remain in the EU came down in favour of Britain exiting the EU – so called ‘Brexit’.

However, we would like to reassure clients that it will be ‘business as usual’ for us and we will continue to provide the same services as before in the EU. We will therefore continue to represent clients in the filing and prosecution of their EU Trade Mark and Design applications at the EUIPO.

As for Patents, the UK’s membership of the European patent system is in any case independent of membership of the EU and so Brexit will have no effect whatsoever on our ability to file and prosecute European patent applications at the EPO. The UK’s membership of WIPO is also independent of membership of the EU and so again Brexit will have no effect on the services we can provide in filing and prosecuting PCT patent applications - likewise for all the other international IP treaties the UK is signatory to. Since the UK was at the heart of the proposed Unitary Patent system - commencement of the system requiring ratification by the UK - and the UK hosting the ‘medicinal/pharmaceutical’ branch of the Unified Patent Court - it seems likely that Brexit will now lead to a delay in the introduction of the Unitary Patent system. Even so, we anticipate that WP Thompson will be able to represent clients before the Unified Patent Court when the Unitary Patent system comes into force.

While exit from the EU will be far from immediate, and there is uncertainty as to the future relationship between the UK and the EU, with mention being made of the two extremes of the so-called ‘Norwegian’ model and the ‘World Trade Organisation’ model, one thing that remains certain is that WP Thompson, with its long-established European offices in Munich, London and Liverpool, and multinational body of professionals, will continue to provide its high quality pan-European services and advice to its worldwide client base in relation to European IP rights.

As for the effect of Brexit on existing EU trade mark and design rights, this is all to be determined as part of the exiting procedure, but it is almost certain that the UK IPO will introduce a transitional procedure to convert current EU trade mark and designs rights into equivalent national UK rights.

Further details on all of the above will be publicised as they become available, but if you have any specific queries or concerns please contact your usual WP Thompson advisor, or email us on munich@wpt.co.uk,liverpool@wpt.co.uk or london@wpt.co.uk.