Well in reality, it will be business as usual for at least the next 2 years. During that period the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) will work with the UK Government to negotiate for the best outcome for intellectual property rights holders.
- The European patent system is independent of the EU, and so Brexit will have no effect on European patents or applications. The UK’s membership of the World International Property Organisation (WIPO) will also be unaffected.
- UK patent attorneys will still be able to prosecute European patent applications for all UK and overseas clients.
- European patent applicants will not lose any rights and patents already obtained via the European patent office are unaffected.
- UK patent attorneys can still prosecute Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent applications – which provide protection in the applicant’s chosen countries – for all UK and overseas clients.
- PCT patent applicants will not lose any rights.
Trade Marks & Registered EU Designs
NO IMMEDIATE CHANGES
- There will be a negotiation period of at least two years before the UK leaves the EU – and that period will only start once the UK officially notifies the EU of its intention to leave, which may not happen straight away.
- European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs) and Registered Community Designs (RCDs) will therefore still give protection in the UK until at least June 2018.
- The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and the Minister for Intellectual Property will work to ensure the best possible outcome for owners of intellectual property rights and for practitioners in the UK.
- They will also work to ensure the transition of all EU-based trade mark and design rights to UK-based protection to be simple and cost effective.
For further information, or to discuss the implications of Brexit on your UK and European Intellectual Property Rights, please contact James Sanderson or Jerry Walder on 01206 571187.