Intellectual property—Brexit tracker
Intellectual property—Brexit tracker

The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Intellectual property—Brexit tracker
  • Brexit SIs—commencement
  • General IP Brexit developments
  • Copyright and databases
  • Trade marks
  • Designs
  • Patents and SPCs
  • Geographical indications
  • Developments in related practice areas

This Practice Note tracks key IP developments and guidance specifically related to Brexit.

Jump to:

  1. General IP Brexit developments

  2. Copyright and databases

  3. Trade marks

  4. Designs

  5. Patents and SPCs

  6. Geographical indications

This Practice Note does not track general Brexit developments, for which see Practice Note: Brexit timeline. To track the progress of UK legislation introduced as part of the legislative preparation for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, see Practice Note: Brexit legislation tracker.

On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. Transitional provisions in the UK legislation implementing the Withdrawal Agreement, namely the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (EU(WA)A 2020) therefore amend the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018) so that EU law continues to take effect in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement during this time. For further information, see Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Brexit SIs—commencement

This Practice Note contains details of a number of Brexit SIs specifically related to the IP practice area. For information on general Brexit SIs, see the Brexit SI database in the Brexit legislation tracker, which collates details of draft and made statutory instruments specifically identified as ‘EU Exit Regulations’.

Before certain SIs are formally laid in Parliament, they have to go through a