Brexit presents challenges and upheaval for intellectual property law as the system, which is a complex mesh of national and EU law, is unpicked and reformed.
Exactly when and what the impact of Brexit for intellectual property will be will depend upon: firstly, the terms of any agreement(s) finalised between (i.e. ratified by) the UK and the EU on the UK’s withdrawal from, and its subsequent relationship with, the EU; and secondly, the UK Government’s national legislative steps. The UK’s national legislative steps have largely been completed in respect of intellectual property.
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