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A. Will the UK be out of the European Patent Convention and the European Patent Office?

No – the European Patent Convention (EPC) is separate from the European Union (EU), and the European Patent Office (EPO) is not an EU institution. The member states of the European Patent Organisation include a number of countries that are not member states of the European Union, such as Albania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Republic of Macedonia, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, and Turkey. Thus, Brexit will not have any impact on the ability of applicants to obtain patents in the UK using the EPO.

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