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Brexit – so what happens to my IP?

The United Kingdom has voted in the “too close to call” EU referendum and the results of 51.9% for leave and 48.1% for remain mean that the people have voted to leave the EU.

  • Your European patents and applications will continue to cover the UK since the UK is a member of the European Patent Convention, which is separate to the EU.
  • As qualified European Patent Attorneys, TLIP shall continue to represent our clients before the European Patent Office unaffected by this result.
  • Moreover, TLIP will continue to offer its full range of services relating to patents, trademarks, designs, know-how, licensing, oppositions and appeals before the UK and the European Patent and Trade Mark Offices.
  • In short, it is business as usual for your IP.

President of the European Patent Office, Benoît Battistelli has issued a statement as follows:

“The Office underlines that the outcome of the referendum has no consequence on the membership of the UK to the European Patent Organisation, nor on the effect of the European Patents in the UK.  Concerning the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, the Office expects that the UK and the participating Member States will find a solution as soon as possible which will allow a full implementation of these so-long awaited achievements.”

Source: EPO