Fri 23rd Feb 2018
Impact of Brexit on intellectual property
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) met on 24 January to confirm that Brexit will have no effect on UK membership of the EPO, or on European patents in the UK.
As we have previously reported in our articles entitled ‘IP and the implications of Brexit’ and ‘CIPA publishes a position paper on impact of Brexit on IP’, European patent attorneys based in the UK will continue to be able to act before the EPO, regardless of Brexit.
Of note, the President of the EPO, Benoît Battistelli, stated that 'meeting with the CIPA gave us an opportunity to restate that Brexit will have no impact on UK membership of the EPO. For a very simple reason - the EPO is not an EU agency but an independent international organisation, of which the UK is a founding member.'
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