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European patent work unaffected by Brexit

31 January 2018

Although the effects of Brexit are being felt across the UK, the European Patent Office – where patent rights across Europe can be obtained – is not an EU institution, meaning that our attorneys here at Potter Clarkson, as well as the UK’s other 2,300 European qualified patent attorneys will be able to continue to represent their domestic and overseas clients there after Brexit.

This short video, brought to you by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), explores the resistance of the European patent system to the effects of Brexit and why that’s good news for the UK and those around the world who want to protect their intellectual property in Europe. Click here to view the video (links to external site Youtube.com)

Following a meeting between CIPA and the EPO on 25 January, Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office has reinforced this message that Brexit will have no effect on UK patent work, even after we leave the European Union. A full copy of this statement can be viewed here. (links externally to EPO.org)

Further information on IP-related Brexit issues can be viewed on our dedicated Brexit page.

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