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Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty Triggered

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty Triggered

29/03/17

As expected, the UK Prime Minister has today triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the process of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

The formal letter acting as the trigger for this was received this afternoon by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and so the two year period for the UK to negotiate the terms of its withdrawal from the European Union has begun.

However, what those terms will be, and indeed whether it will take more than two years to complete the withdrawal process, remain to be seen.

One thing remains certain however for the foreseeable future and that is that the UK remains a member of the European Union and committed to IP protection in the EU as is evident from its intended ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, and the hosting in London of a branch of the Central Division of the Court.

Our rights to act before all EU IP institutions and of course also the EPO are in no way affected by the actual triggering of Article 50.