While objections to the BREXIT are raised with articles in the news, let’s review its impact on intellectual property rights.
There is much debate about the possibility for UK IP attorneys to represent their clients before the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). This would represent an estimated turnover between 789 million and 1.7 billion pounds.
Even in the government, BREXIT is not unanimous. After his predecessor Jo Johnson in January 2018, the UK minister of science, research, invovation and intellectual property, Sam Gyimah resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May.
For now, the entry into force is scheduled for March 29, 2019.
For the record, as already explained in this blog (link), BREXIT will have no impact on classical European patents. Let us recall here that Switzerland and Turkey are parties to the European Patent Convention. A mechanism similar to the Euro-Turkish patent and the Euro-Swiss patent will probably be applied for the United Kingdom.
As far as the trademarks and Designs of the European Union are concerned, the rights specifically cover the EU, thus a solution has to be found for these rights after BREXIT. The solution has been detailed in this blog (link) and essentially consists in generating a UK IP right corresponding to the EU IP right without additional examination.
To follow closely …
Of course, SOTERYAH IP assists you in maintaining your UK and EU rights after the entry into force of BREXIT.