Both during the Brexit process and after it, HGF will continue to advise and to act for our clients in all aspects of patents, trade marks and designs across Europe. HGF will work with our clients to put in place strategies to address the changing IP landscape in Europe.

The headline points to note in respect of IP rights are that:

  • National IP Rights will be unaffected by Brexit
  • Patents obtained via the EPO, which is not an EU institution, are also unaffected
  • EU registered trade marks and registered designs will remain in place in the UK during the Brexit transition period, after which, new provisions will give these rights continuing or corresponding effect in the UK

In short, it remains business as usual until the UK officially exits from the EU at the end of 2020.

HGF shall continue to represent clients for all matters before the EPO, including validations in all designated countries, including the UK and will handle designation of a European patent as a Unitary Patent for the EU if Unitary Patent provisions should come into force. 

We will also continue to represent clients for all matters before the EUIPO in respect of European registered trade marks and registered designs. 

If you have any questions or concerns about IP Rights, or would like further advice on this matter, please contact your usual HGF attorney.