These are the slides and handout for a talk that I gave in London to some 25 specialist solicitors, patent and trade mark attorneys on 7 Dec 2016.
As the PM has indicated that she will give 2 years notice of withdrawal from the EU by the end of March 2017 businesses have a very limited time to devise prosecution, licensing and enforcement strategies for the UK and the remaining member states.
I have discussed 5 main topics:
1. Why discuss this topic at all until we know more about the terms of our departure;
2. Our present IP framework that consists of a mixture of statutes (some of which implement directives) and EU regulations;
3. How IP law is likely to develop in the 2 years notice period;
4. What is likely to happen to trade marks, designs, geographical indications and the unitary patent and UPC on Brexit and how it is likely to affect particular industries; and
5, Tips for IP planning