2020/01/31 23:00:00
Brexit and your Intellectual Property

Brexit is here to stay, but so is Briffa.

With our new European office, we can continue to act for clients across the EU, filing trade marks and designs in any jurisdiction.

Your EU applications will be handled by us, personally, and we’ll continue our practice as European lawyers long after Brexit.

There’s a lot of noise surrounding this issue, clearly things are going to change and businesses need to act now to prepare themselves for the big day. However, help is at hand, and our expert lawyers can advise you on exactly what you need to do, and not do, to get yourself Brexit ready.

Whether it’s reviewing your commercial contracts or auditing your trade mark portfolio, filing new designs or checking your data protection policy, we can provide innovative and tailored advice to suit your business needs.

Brexit is undoubtedly the biggest political event in a generation, but with careful planning it can be beaten!

To arrange a bespoke Brexit audit contact us at info@briffa.com and to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and advice, remain on this page…

Brexit breakdown of your IP rights

We apologise 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 exhaustion rights may affect you (don’t worry, we’re only going to cover the important bits!).

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BriffaWay - What has the EU ever done for IP? Series 3

In this chapter we explore the manner in which the European Court of Justice has expanded the scope of protection enjoyed by trade mark owners beyond all recognition, made the law difficult to understand and apply and by so doing provided jobs for life for trade mark lawyers.

Neon question mark on wall

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).

IP rights and Brexit

Bexit: What happens next?

Brexit – A draft withdrawal agreement (AKA the Divorce Deal) has now been agreed by UK/EU negotiators and the Cabinet. So what happens next?

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BriffaWay - What has the EU Ever done for IP? Chapter 2

It is no surprise that the European Commission has called on the UK to guarantee the protection of food products labelled with the EU’s geographical indications after Brexit.

Brexit deal

Brexit: Please don’t stop the music!

Tjinder Singh, the lead singer of indie rock band ‘Cornershop’, is organising a protest involving people from the music industry and arguing the consequences of Brexit for the music industry will be significant and damaging (affecting everything from touring and sales to copyright and royalties).

a cage for birds

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.

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Contracts and the B word

The UK is going to be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 which will affect businesses in a number of different ways. Businesses most likely to notice a change are those who have some sort of trade in the EU. These businesses will be parties to contracts with clients or suppliers in the EU and it is these contracts that I discuss here.

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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.

I will survive

BriffaWay - A tale of how we retain our sense of humour after Brexit, no matter what!

After the vote to leave the EU a parody came out in which the Roman achievements were exchanged for EU achievements including winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for contributing to the advancement of peace and reconciliation democracy and human rights in Europe for over 6 decades.

In the light of all that it seems apt to ask therefore as we continue our Brexit journey ‘What has EU ever done for IP?’ In this first piece as we are on the subject I’ll start with a look at the law of parody, caricature and pastiche as an exception to the rules of copyright.

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BriffaWay - What has the EU ever done for Intellectual Property? Chapter 1

Over the coming months as the fog on what the position will be after Brexit hopefully begins to lift we will look at life after Brexit while we ask ‘What has the EU ever done for Intellectual Property ?… Read on and watch this space.

Word Free and people dancing

UK - Intention for post-Brexit EU Trade Marks and Designs to be granted automatically and free of cost

In a recent House of Commons debate on 19 July 2018, Robin Walker MP for Worcester and Undersecretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union, was asked the following question from the House “What steps are being taken to ensure that intellectual property rights in the creative sector are being maintained..”

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