EU Position Paper on Brexit and IP rights
01 September 2017
The European Commission has published a Position Paper setting out its primary principles on IP rights for the Brexit negotiations.
Overall, it is helpful that we finally have some indication of how the IP negotiations will progress. Some of the principles are unlikely to be controversial, e.g. the proposal that EU trade marks and registered community designs should automatically be recognised in the UK after Brexit. However, it is notable that the Paper does not try to address the status of the Unified Patents Court (“UPC”). We are still waiting to see anything setting out specifically the UK’s position on Brexit and IP.