#IPLaw, #Brexit – Brexit and implementation of the uitary patent

As you may remember, legislative changes that have been expected for decades are currently underway across the European Union, in order to establish what is now called the European patent with unitary effect (which we will abbreviate as „unitary patent“). .

The unitary patent is intended to implement a single title valid throughout the European Union and for which infringement disputes may be ruled ar an European scale, contrary to the „classic“ European patent for which at the end of the procedure for grant, the right holder obtains several independent territorial rights, within the competence of eah national jurisdiction.

The prerequisites for the entry into force of the unitary patent and of the unified court are almost all achieved with the exception of the ratification of Germany where a constitutional problem has been raised.

In these circumstances, the impact of Brexit could have caused great upheaval, but the British government announced that Brexit will have no influence on the unitary patent as already presented in our posts. The agreement on the Unified Patent Court was ratified by the United Kingdom on April 26, 2018.

However, the unitary patent is intended to cover the European Union only, which raises the question of the validity of the unitary patent in the United Kingdom.

The most likely solution will be to get closer to what will happen for the EU trade mark after the Brexit, as already discussed in our brief concerning the agreement protocol of 19 March 2019 on the application of Brexit. As you may remember, the EU trade mark will become a comparable English mark and its validity will be linked to that of the EU trade mark.

It therefore appears that the likely outcome will be the following: the European patent with unitary effect will have effect in EU countries, and will be validated in a conventional manner in non-EU states that are party to the European Patent Convention such as already today Switzerland and Turkey, and later the United Kingdom.

To follow closely …

#ipl #brexit- Nouveaux éclaircissements dans le sort des droits de PI après „l’entrée en vigueur“ du BREXIT

La Commission Européenne et le Royaume-Uni ont publié le 19 mars dernier, une nouvelle version de l’accord de retrait relatif au BREXIT. L’accord fait mention d’une période transitoire se terminant le 31 décembre 2020 (art. 121).

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf

 

Les sections en vert sont celles pour lesquelles il y aurait un accord formel.

L’article 50 et suivants concernent les droits de propriété intellectuelle UE (régis par Règlements de l’UE et enregistrés/délivrés notamment par l’Office PI de l’Union Européenne – EUIPO). Pour mémoire, le BREXIT n’aura aucun impact sur les brevets européens (délivrés par l’Office Européen des Brevets – OEB).

Les droits de PI UE enregistrés ou délivrés avant la fin de la période transitoire deviendront respectivement des droits de PI comparables anglais en vigueur, sans réexamen (Art 50 (1)). L’invalidation ou la révocation des premiers devra affecter les deuxièmes (Art 50 (3)).

Les frais à prévoir pour les déposants n’auraient pas encore fait l’objet d’un accord formel.

A suivre de près…

#ipl # brexit- New clarifications in the fate of IP rights after „entry into force“ of BREXIT.

On March 19, 2018, the European Commission and the United Kingdom published a new version of the withdrawal agreement for BREXIT.

The agreement refers to a transition period ending on December 31, 2020 (Art. 121).

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf

The sections in green are those for which there is a formal agreement.

Article 50 and following concern EU intellectual property rights (governed by EU Regulations and registered/granted interallia by the European Union IP Office – EUIPO). As a reminder, BREXIT will have no impact on European patents (granted by the European Patent Office – EPO).

EU IP rights registered or granted before the end of the transitional period will become respectively comparable UK IP rights in force, without re-examination (Art. 50 (1)).

The invalidation or revocation of the firsts will affect the seconds (Art. 50 (3)). The costs to foresee for the applicants would not have yet been subject to a formal agreement.

To be monitored closely…

#ipl #brexit – BREXIT et Brevets Européens

Comme confirmé par le CIPA et l’OEB le 25 janvier dernier, le BREXIT n’aura aucun impact le brevet européen.

https://www.epo.org/news-issues/news/2018/20180125_fr.html