24 June 2016

EU “BREXIT” Referendum Result – Business as Usual

The UK population has voted to leave the European Union. While the timescale and the political implications are currently uncertain, the process to formally leave will take at least two years.  In the meantime, we would like to reassure all clients that it is very much “business as usual” as far as protecting our clients’ patents, trade marks and designs in the UK and Europe is concerned.

On the patents side, the UK remains a member of the European Patent Organisation, and will continue to be a member after the UK is no longer in the EU. Currently, ten members of the EPO are non-EU countries.  Of course, we can also file UK national and PCT patent applications as normal.

On the trade marks and designs sides, we can continue to file EU Trade Mark and Registered Community Design applications at the EUIPO, as well as UK national applications.

We will keep you informed as to the implications for the Unitary Patent, the EU Trade Mark and the Registered Community Design as regards the UK, as soon as more information is available.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your usual Brookes Batchellor attorney.