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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?
Brexit, EUIPO, trademark lawyers, UKIPO, CJEU, jurisprudence, IP rights, divergence, pro-competition, likelihood of confusion, UPC, patent harmonisation