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In the previous issue of WIPR we asked leading UK-based IP firms about the impact that Brexit will have on their business; now, we turn to firms in the EU to get their take.
Less than half a year out from the UK’s departure from the EU, the terms of any deal—if such an agreement can even be struck—have still to be determined.
For UK-based firms, the post-Brexit issues are obvious: will UK-qualified trademark lawyers be able to act before the European Union Intellectual Property Office? Will sole practitioners, eg, barristers, be able to handle EU-based work? How will the UK Intellectual Property Office convert EU trademarks into national rights?
Above all, when will these uncertainties be clarified?
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Brexit, EUIPO, trademark lawyers, UKIPO, CJEU, jurisprudence, IP rights, divergence, pro-competition, likelihood of confusion, UPC, patent harmonisation