There are no areas of intellectual property law which have been left completely untouched by European Union law. Although harmonisation is far from complete for any of the IP rights, nonetheless European law concepts have permeated throughout to a greater (trade marks, designs) or lesser (patents) extent. As a result, the UK's departure from the EU will have both immediate and longer-term consequences for rights holders, and the lack of clarity as to exactly what form that departure will take has made advance planning fraught with difficult.
This workshop-based course will address:
What effect will Brexit have on each category of IP rights in the UK?
if the draft Withdrawal Agreement is implemented, and
if the UK leaves without signing any agreement
What actions should IP holders take before Brexit to safeguard their intellectual assets?
Taking a fictional UK based consumer products company as an example, the course will work through the issues it will face and the options available to it to ensure the greatest continuity of protection for its business.