As recent events following the referendum vote on 23 June 2016 have shown, the referendum result is advisory rather than legally binding. It is possible that the result may be ignored or overturned, for example by a Parliamentary vote, a new General Election fought on the single issue of EU membership, or a second referendum. However, at present it is considered politically unlikely that the referendum result will be set aside by the UK.
Legislation in effect until UK exits the EU
Until such time as Britain exits the EU, which is some years away, EU legislation remains in effect and no changes to existing IP legislation are expected. As a consequence, no alternative arrangements are necessary for seeking IP protection in the UK. However, thought should be given to changes that may occur and changes of practice that might be beneficial in anticipation of the UK’s exit.
We have created a document to set out the current and anticipated future rules relating to IP protection in the UK and elsewhere, assuming the UK exits the EU, and how Brexit may impact on that protection. Please click here to download the brochure.
If you have any questions on any specific matters relating to the above please contact us for more information.