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  • Is a post-Brexit UK in the UPC “incompatible with EU principles”?

    November 27, 2018

    A new paper concludes the UK cannot stay in the Unified Patent Court after Brexit. Patrick Wingrove speaks to the author as well as in-house and private practice lawyers, to unpack the important points of the research

  • Brexit no-deal IP guidance published

    September 25, 2018

    The UK government has published guidance on trade marks, copyright, patents, geographical indications, designs and exhaustion, confirming trade mark cloning and giving more information on SPCs and GIs. However, more information on exhaustion is still needed

  • Top Brexit considerations for trade mark owners

    September 21, 2018

    Taylor Wessing’s Roland Mallinson spoke to MARQUES delegates about what they should do to prepare for a Brexit no-deal scenario if they have trade mark registrations or oppositions pending

  • CIPA urges UK government to stay in EUIPO after Brexit

    September 17, 2018

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has sent a letter to the UK prime minister and Brexit secretary asking the government to negotiate continued participation in the EU trade marks and designs system after it leaves the bloc

  • UK in UPC after Brexit is “incompatible with EU principles” – Max Planck Institute

    September 13, 2018

    An association of German research institutes has concluded in a paper that extending unitary patent protection to the UK post-Brexit through an international convention would create a “fictitious unity” that is incompatible with EU law

  • GIs remain “bone of contention” after Brexit negotiator meeting

    August 31, 2018

    Following a meeting with the UK Brexit secretary, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said geographical indications continue to be an unresolved issue in the withdrawal agreement and reiterated the EU’s commitment to ensuring those IP rights are not lost

  • Brexit no-deal could send cigarette packaging up in flames

    August 28, 2018

    The UK government’s Brexit no-deal guidance has raised uncertainty over tobacco plain packaging that uses EU copyrighted images. IP practitioners say the potential disruption to UK cigarette companies will depend on the EU Commission’s attitude to its IP

  • How patent-heavy businesses are planning for the UPC and unitary patent

    August 24, 2018

    Counsel at pharmaceutical, telecommunications, car and plastics manufacturers, and medical charities tell Managing IP about their considerations for the unitary system

  • EU trade marks and designs will be cloned after Brexit, says UK government

    July 23, 2018

    The UK government has given further assurances that existing EU IP rights will be protected in the UK at no cost to rights holders after it leaves the EU

  • UK to set up GI scheme and seek UPC membership after Brexit

    July 12, 2018

    The UK government’s new white paper outlines what it wants from intellectual property after it leaves the EU – but some IP professionals feel it doesn’t say enough

  • Copyright changes in the UK after Brexit

    May 08, 2018

    Patrick Wingrove asks UK practitioners how copyright will change after Brexit, and analyses the EU Commission's recent report on the subject

  • Interview: CITMA’s new president hopes to benefit from Brexit

    April 13, 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ new president, Tania Clark, shares her vision for the organisation with Managing IP – including taking advantage of Brexit and adapting to new technologies

  • UK response to draft Brexit agreement a “step in right direction”

    March 21, 2018

    Negotiators have struck a transition deal in a new draft of the European Commission’s withdrawal agreement that will help ease IP holder’s fears for their assets after Brexit

  • Analysing the European Commission’s Brexit position for IP

    March 14, 2018

    The Commission’s draft agreement gives an indication for intellectual property post-Brexit. The UK has not yet responded but disagreement is likely over issues such as geographical indications

  • Top five Brexit priorities – critiquing the UK IP profession’s view

    January 10, 2018

    The UK IP profession has set out five key areas where action is needed to ensure continuity and certainty as the UK government prepares to leave the EU. Managing IP provides commentary on them

  • Brexit, trade marks and designs: the position papers compared

    December 18, 2017

    Associations including CITMA, ECTA, INTA and MARQUES have published position papers discussing IP rights when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Managing IP looks at the biggest issues, including registered EU rights, pending applications, exhaustion and representation

  • INTA reveals position on Brexit IP issues

    November 29, 2017

    The International Trademark Association has released a paper outlining its concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights

  • European Commission makes Brexit IP proposal

    September 12, 2017

    Patent and trade mark attorneys have welcomed the European Commission's plans for unitary IP rights after Brexit

  • Surviving Brexit: highlights from our September issue

    August 30, 2017

    Our special focus on Brexit includes an interview with Tim Moss, the new head of the UK IPO. Plus we have features on the UDRP, forum shopping in trade mark cases, patents versus trade secrets, the tangled web of communication to the public and much more!

  • How UK IP firms hope to survive Brexit

    August 24, 2017

    The UK’s departure from the EU threatens to disrupt IP practice in the country – and patent and trade mark firms are already taking steps to mitigate the potential damage. James Nurton reports

  • Brexit: the top five legislative challenges

    August 24, 2017

    Brexit affects IP in many ways. James Nurton and Kingsley Egbuonu identify five areas where urgent action is needed to provide clarity and ensure a smooth transition

  • A daunting challenge for the UK IPO’s new boss

    August 24, 2017

    Tim Moss took over as chief executive of the UK IPO on May 1. Three months on, he talked to James Nurton about his ambitions, Brexit and being an “honest broker”

  • Brexit and EU registered rights - a fantasy

    July 25, 2017

    The UK voted to leave the EU, so how could it remain part of the EU trade mark and design systems?

  • CITMA publishes position paper on Brexit

    July 21, 2017

    The association representing chartered UK trade mark attorneys has set out its wish list for registered trade marks and designs post-Brexit. It is also campaigning for representation rights after the UK leaves the EU

  • European Life Sciences Forum 2017 - key takeaways

    July 06, 2017

    Brexit, the UPC, second medical use patents, biologics and digital health were all on the agenda at Managing IP's first European Life Sciences Forum in London

  • The UK General Election and IP rights

    June 02, 2017

    On June 8, the UK will vote on who becomes the next government. What are the parties’ policies on issues affecting IP rights? Alice O’Donkor reviews what the manifestoes say about creativity, investment and growth in IP

  • Are you braced for Brexit?

    May 20, 2017

    The clock is ticking: on March 29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk notifying him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. The decision will have important consequences for IP rights, legislation and agreements

  • May triggers Article 50 and White Paper published - Brexit latest

    March 31, 2017

    Information on the UK's divorce from the EU, and what that means for IP rights, is becoming clearer, but many questions remain. Managing IP reports on the latest developments, offers pointers for IP practitioners and provides links to useful resources

  • Design protection in a post-Brexit world

    April 28, 2017

    Sarah Wright and Kaisa Patsalides explore whether designs originating from the UK can still qualify for EU design rights in a post-Brexit world, in light of conflicting interpretations among EU courts on the meaning of “first making available within the Community”

  • New views on Brexit at CITMA meeting

    March 13, 2017

    What will happen to EU trade marks and registered Community designs when the UK leaves the EU? That's a complicated question, but a lot of work is going on to address it

  • Interview: Sean Dennehey, acting chief executive, UK IPO

    December 22, 2016

    At the end of a year that saw the Brexit vote, gradual progress on the implementation of the UPC and several initiatives with China, the acting head of the UK's IP Office spoke to Managing IP

  • Key takeaways from the EU Patent Forum USA 2016

    December 06, 2016

    Speakers at Managing IP’s recent EU Patent Forums in Palo Alto and New York City discussed past, present and future developments for patent owners in Europe, including the UPC and Unitary Patent, FRAND cases, arbitration and the impact of Brexit

  • UK to ratify UPC Agreement despite Brexit - reaction (UPDATED)

    November 28, 2016

    The UK government has ended months of speculation by saying that it will push ahead with ratification of the UPC Agreement. This makes it more likely the new system will come into force soon, but leaves open questions about what happens post-Brexit

  • Seven scenarios for EU trade marks post-Brexit

    August 19, 2016

    The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys has mapped out seven possible options to prevent the loss of registered rights in the UK when the country leaves the EU

  • Join us for UPC, Unitary Patent and Brexit discussions in Munich and Paris

    August 11, 2016

    Managing IP's next events are our European Patent Forums, being held in Munich on September 6 and Paris on September 8

  • Guest post: Designs, Brexit and the fashion industry

    August 11, 2016

    In a guest post, Ruth Burstall of Baker & McKenzie discusses an issue that has been neglected in Brexit analysis: what will be the impact on the vital fashion industry?

  • Dids Macdonald OBE of ACID on design rights, Brexit and Section 52

    August 10, 2016

    ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald speaks to Managing IP about copycat culture and concerns about design rights in the wake of Brexit

  • Brexit and IP: The UK IPO’s views

    August 03, 2016

    The UK Intellectual Property Office has confirmed the legal status of three EU-related IP rights in effect in the UK and the government’s next steps for these rights ahead of Brexit. It remains unknown if the UK will ratify the UPC Agreement

  • Brexit 10 days on: latest developments

    July 05, 2016

    While the politicians begin the discussions about how and when the UK will extricate itself from the EU and establish new trading relationships, trade mark practitioners have told Managing IP that clients are already preparing for the Brexit future

  • Guest post: Brexit and SEPs

    July 05, 2016

    What will be the impact of the UK vote to leave the EU on litigation over standard-essential patents? David Barron speculates in a guest blog post

  • UK IP Minister talks about UPC post-Brexit result

    June 30, 2016

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe has said that the UK’s position on the UPC and Unitary Patent system will not be known anytime soon. The Minister has also invited UK stakeholders to be involved in the discussions which will lead to a decision

  • UPC preparations will go ahead

    July 01, 2016

    The UPC Preparatory Committee and EPO Select Committee have issued a joint statement saying they will continue with their planned work despite the Brexit vote

  • Brexit and IP: a primer

    June 24, 2016

    Managing IP answers your questions about the impact of Brexit on IP

  • Brexit - law firm resources

    June 24, 2016

    Following the UK's June 23 vote to leave the EU, many law and IP firms have published advice for clients. We provide links to the relevant articles

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: A progress report (May 2016)

    May 31, 2016

    Part-time and full-time UPC judges wanted; new features of the UPC case management system and EPO’s software for Unitary Patent released; more member states preparing for ratification; Preparatory Committee discuss remaining aspects of the UPC; our latest UPC scenario on challenging a non-opted out European patent relating to a pharmaceutical product during the transitional period

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (March 2016)

    March 30, 2016

    Impact of Brexit on UPC raised in UK parliament; UK not yet ready to ratify UPC Agreement; main work on UPC IT system completed; our latest UPC scenario is on standard-essential patent (SEP) and FRAND issues

  • Unitary Patent and UPC: a progress report (February 2016)

    February 29, 2016

    Preparatory Committee reaches agreement on costs in the UPC; Germany proposes double patenting in its UPC bill; the Netherlands preparing for ratification; latest on UK ratification; Mediation rules of PMAC published and official confirmation of UPC locations

  • UK: The UK, Brexit and IP law

    April 25, 2016

  • Time to talk about Brexit

    November 19, 2015

    We don’t normally do politics in this blog. But given growing speculation about the implications of a possible UK withdrawal from the European Union (known rather inelegantly as Brexit), there are at least three areas that IP practitioners need to think about

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