Brexit update (December 2019)
Following the results of the UK General Election it now seems inevitable that the UK will formally leave the EU (Brexit) on 31 January 2020.
Please note however that nothing will change on this date. In particular there will be no change in any IP procedures. After the UK formally leaves the EU there is an implementation period until end of December 2020 during which the UK will remain a member of the European Economic Area, the single market and the customs union and EU laws will continue to apply to the UK. Thus, during this time, European Union Trademarks and Design Registrations, including registrations derived from applications made during the implementation period, will continue to have full force throughout the EU and UK.
As you know the European Patent System is unaffected by Brexit in any case, and will remain so during the implementation period and, importantly, afterwards, so the UK will continue to be part of the European Patent Convention and UK Patent Attorneys will continue to have full rights to represents clients worldwide even after the implementation period.
In short, there will be no change to European IP systems during the whole of 2020.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask your usual contact at Dolleymores.
We wish you a very Happy Christmas and Healthy and Successful New Year