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S. Do I need to change my patent attorney to someone who is based in the EU to file and prosecute European patents?

No – the European Patent Convention is separate from the European Union and the European Patent Office is not an EU institution. The EPC has always had wider coverage than the EU. Your UK based European patent attorneys will, therefore, continue to be able to represent you before the EPO now and post Brexit. This will not be dependent on the outcome of any renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Europe.

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