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With Brexit set to take effect in March 2019, the UK Intellectual Property Office is working hard to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ for IP owners and provide businesses with legal certainty, as the office’s deputy CEO Sean Dennehey tells WIPR.
It is fair to say the past 12 months in British politics have been some of the most volatile in modern times.
Following the UK’s narrow vote in June 2016 to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May—who replaced David Cameron after his resignation immediately after the result was announced—finally invoked article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in March 2017.
This formally triggered the UK’s two-year exit process from the EU, during which the divorce process and the future relationship will be established, but in the meantime, much uncertainty prevails.
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