The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note is intended to be used to track the progress of legislative proposals, relevant judgments, and current consultations related to copyright and databases.
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For archived items on copyright and databases, see Practice Note: Copyright, media and digital tracker [Archived].
The likely impact of Brexit on intellectual property (IP) rights is explored in detail in Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.
For details of developments in the negotiations between the UK and the EU in relation to the treatment of IP rights following Brexit, and the legislative changes that will be required in order to implement the changes, see Practice Note: Intellectual property—Brexit tracker.
For further practical guidance on the legal and practical implications of Brexit across a range of practice areas, see: Brexit toolkit.
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