What impact will Brexit have on Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the UK?

In the short term, the answer is none. For a period of at least two years, there will be no impact on IP and, after that, EU membership is expected to be replaced with new trade arrangements. When the UK is closer to leaving the EU and more information is released, we will work closely with our associates to ensure a smooth transition is made for the IP matters of all of our clients.

Filing and prosecuting patents, including filing oppositions etc., will remain unchanged when the UK leaves the EU in two years or later. We will still be able to file patents at the European Patent Office (EPO) because the EPO is not an EU institution and the EPO doesn’t rely upon being a member of the EU.