At present, the UK intellectual property system is closely integrated with the EU. Whilst the UK has a system of administering national intellectual property rights through the UK Intellectual Property Office (covering patents, trade marks and registered designs), EU-wide mechanisms such as Community Trade Marks and Community Registered Designs are well established in the IP portfolios of UK businesses. It is therefore important to be aware of what a Brexit may mean in respect of your intellectual property portfolio.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has been for many years offering balanced and impartial advice on how the different scenarios might play out in the event of constitutional change.
With the EU referendum now only months away, members of our dedicated Brexit Advisers will continue to interrogate the ‘what if’ questions, relating to specific sectors, that will emerge when the UK decides whether to remain in or leave the EU.