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The UK government’s Great Repeal Bill could have major implications for IP owners, both before and after March 29, 2019, when Britain will leave the EU. WIPR reports.
Despite Britain’s vote to leave the EU in June 2016, one of the ironies is that immediately after it withdraws on March 29, 2019, much of the current European legislation will be copied and pasted into the UK statute book.
While this might be a logical step—there would otherwise be gaps in UK law on the day Britain left the EU—the subsequent unpicking of European laws will undoubtedly be a huge task. All types of businesses, including those relying on IP, will certainly be affected.
To kick start the legal separation, the government has published a White Paper containing information about legislation that will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 as soon as Britain leaves the EU.
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