Last month CIPA published an exhaustive guide on the impact of Brexit on all intellectual property rights.
The guide details the Institute’s strong preference for the UK to remain part of the Unified Patent Court system after Brexit. The paper examines the effect that the UK leaving the EU will have on the full range of IP rights, systems and transactions including:
- EPC, PCT and UK patents
- Community trade marks, registered designs and community plant variety rights
- Trade secrets and data safety
- Supplementary Protection Certificates
- Regulatory data protection
- Orphan drug exclusivity
- The Nagoya Protocol
- IP disputes
- The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
- IP transactions
- Parallel imports and exhaustion of rights
- IP tax relief
Though UK patent and trade mark attorneys will continue to have all the rights they currently have for the short term, it’s important to be aware of the potential future impact of Brexit if you are considering joining this profession.