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13 December 2016

Impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property

On 28 November 2016 the UK government confirmed it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the European Union’s Unitary Patent Court Agreement – but said the decision to proceed with ratification should not be seen as pre-empting the UK's objectives or position in the forthcoming negotiations with the EU on Brexit.

Thus the UK will continue with preparations for ratification over the coming months, working with the Preparatory Committee to bring the UPC into operation as soon as possible. However, it is noteworthy that, even if the UK does ratify, the UPCA still requires ratification by Germany before it can come into effect.

We are hosting a series of seminars on the impact of Brexit on intellectual property.  Please contact Ian Wood for further details on +44 (0)20 7203 5124 or