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Dorsey & Whitney – Brexit: The UK Government Issues Guidelines on the Future of Intellectual Property Laws in the Event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

As has been widely reported in the recent weeks, the UK government is currently trying to progress negotiations on a withdrawal agreement and a framework for its future relationship with the EU. However, uncertainty remains as to whether such negotiations will be successful. If an agreement is not reached by 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019 (‘exit day’), the UK would be treated by the EU as a ‘third country’.

In preparation for this possible outcome the UK government has recently published guidance explaining the UK government’s approach to how a ‘no deal’ scenario would affect UK intellectual property law. This guidance covers four key areas, trade marks and designs, patents, copyright and exhaustion of IP rights.

Frances Doherty & Lauren Horman


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