On 9 January 2020, MPs gave their final backing to the bill that will implement the UK government's Brexit deal. The Commons voted in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which will now pass to the House of Lords for further review. The bill covers "divorce" payments to the EU, citizens' rights, customs arrangements for Northern Ireland and the planned 11-month transition period.
Provided the Withdrawal Agreement passes through the UK Parliament and is ratified by the European Parliament later this month, the UK will leave the EU on 31 January. After 31 January, the UK will cease to be an EU member, but will continue to follow its rules and contribute to its budget during the transition period, which will end on 31st December 2020.
Since the result of the referendum on 23 June 2016, and the subsequent triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, Dehns has been working to ensure that whatever the Brexit outcome, Dehns will still be able to continue handling all of your European IP matters, whether they relate to patents, designs or trade marks.
For detailed information on how Dehns will continue to support you and your IP, and for a few pointers on steps you might want to take now to ensure that you are as prepared as possible, please click on the relevant links below: