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IP rights and Brexit

Brexit breakdown of your IP rights!

So it’s been over 3 years now since the June 2016 Brexit vote. It is still unclear what’s going to happen although there’s no doubt that everyone is pretty sick of hearing about it. We apologise therefore for bringing it up again but what follows is a bit of important, and hopefully useful, advice to help prepare your business for Brexit, give you an understanding of your registered IP rights and explain how the EU’s…
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We still need to talk about Brexit (sorry)

For most people in the UK, whichever side of the political divide they sit, mentioning Brexit is fast becoming the equivalent to running over your neighbour’s cat. Careless, disrespectful and, ultimately, unforgivable. However, you’re going to have to forgive me for bringing it up again. Not because I want to upset you but instead because I want to warn you (and I promise this isn’t project fear). I need to warn you that now is…
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Welcome to 2019!

Well here we are, we made it to 2019 and looking forward to perhaps one of the most challenging years we have had for a while as we set sail through the choppy waters of an unfolding Brexit. We are ready and waiting and will be bringing you the news and views from the world of intellectual property and business as they happen. The government has wasted no time in providing us with things to talk…
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Finally a Brexit Agreement, but what does this mean?

The Draft Agreement to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union has finally been published (after a painful 2 years). The Brexit deal, which contains 585 pages, sets out a number of important points and considerations related to intellectual property (at Articles 54 to 61). Key IP provisions Article 54 of the withdrawal agreement confirms that EU trade mark and registered design owners who have been granted their trade mark/design before the transition period…
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Brexit: What happens next?

Firstly, may I congratulate you on starting to read this article. Brexit has been an inescapable news item for the last 2 years and we’re reaching somewhat of a crescendo in the coverage. However in spite of all this, you have still decided to take time out of your busy day to find out what’s next for Brexit. Either you’re a truly concerned citizen or a glutton for punishment, either way, let’s get on with…
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Legal Opinion: Its Value and Purpose  

As we hopefully inch closer to a Brexit withdrawal deal a new argument has kicked off about legal advice and the access that cabinet ministers should have to it. It has caused me to reflect because as solicitors we seek Counsel’s opinion on matters which are particularly knotty to ensure that we make good decisions fully appraised of all the pros, cons and complication that any case may entail. Opinions are often costly but should…
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BriffaWay – Mrs May at the Hotel California

Has anyone else noticed that the B.. word has not been mentioned much in the press in the last few days. Is this a good sign or bad? Is nothing at all happening or is Mrs May in secret talks. To fill the gap here’s a parody of the song Hotel California for all you Eagles fans out there. On a grim Brussels Highway, cool wind in her hair Warm smell of waffles, rising up…
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Freedom: Just another word for nothing left to lose

I really love the Janis Joplin’s recording of ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose’, but last week it was one of those tunes that I just couldn’t get out of my head as I sat down to contemplate the knotty matter of the shape of free trade agreements after Brexit. Right now we don’t know what Brexit will mean for trade with the EU and the rest of the world. However if…
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BriffaWay – A tale of how we will retain our sense of humour after Brexit no matter what

Last month I introduced you to a new series for #BriffaWay which I described as a personal reflection on our European journey. The series entitled ‘What has the EU ever done for Intellectual Property?’ was inspired by the 1979 Monty Python classic, Life of Brian. In that film there is scene where the People’s Popular Front of Judea meet to plot the kidnap and murder of Pontius Pilate’s wife. Huddled together in a backroom one…
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Take Cover: What to do in the event of a No Deal Brexit

On September 24th the UK IPO updated its publication on IP and Brexit: The facts, to advise on the position in the event of a no deal or ‘hard’ Brexit. It brought to mind the 1980 government leaflet on How To Survive a Nuclear Attack. It is written in the same matter of fact jaunty style. In 1980, tips included how to build a pre-war store cupboard, sanitation post blast and action to take to…
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