From Brexit to pro bono: a busy year for UK patent attorneys

16-06-2017

From Brexit to pro bono: a busy year for UK patent attorneys

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The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has been busy preparing for Brexit and launching a range of initiatives, including a pro bono scheme, as Rebecca Gulbul reports.

Last year marked the 125th anniversary of the grant of our Royal Charter. The EU referendum vote also meant it was an eventful one, with international visits and a considerable amount of government lobbying.

Post-EU referendum, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) reassured its members and international partners and stakeholders that it would be “business as usual” for UK patent attorneys because neither the European Patent Office nor the European Patent Convention are EU institutions. European-qualified UK attorneys will continue to carry out European patent work entirely unaffected by Brexit.

This message was disseminated to our sister institutes and foreign law firms during international visits. We also published a guide on the impact of Brexit on IP rights, detailing any changes in the IP landscape, which was regularly updated.


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