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This Practice Note examines the likely impact of Brexit on IP rights. It deals with key issues that may affect the owners of trade marks, design rights, copyright and patents and summarises likely changes to the scope of protection of these rights. It covers changes to the legal framework, steps that right holders can take to protect their portfolios, and strategic considerations to bear in mind for the future. The Practice Note also considers the potential impact on rights in databases, artist’s resale rights, plant variety rights (PVRs), domain name registrations, border detention orders, parallel imports and agreements, law and jurisdiction.
To follow the key Brexit developments and updates of interest to IP rights, see Practice Note: Intellectual property—Brexit tracker.
To access our full range of Brexit materials, see the Brexit toolkit.
The Withdrawal Agreement is a legally binding international treaty that was negotiated by the UK and the EU during the withdrawal period. It is intended to:
tie up the administrative and financial loose ends associated with the UK's membership of the EU
protect the rights of UK and EU citizens living in each other's territory, and
provide a stand-still period in relation to the application of EU law in order to allow for the negotiation of a trade deal between the EU and the
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