Intellectual property—Brexit tracker

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

  • Intellectual property—Brexit tracker
  • IP implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Brexit SIs—commencement
  • General IP Brexit developments
  • Copyright and databases
  • Trade marks
  • Designs
  • Patents and SPCs
  • Geographical indications
  • Developments in related practice areas

Intellectual property—Brexit tracker

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

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  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 which was 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 (exit day), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and lost its entitlement to participate in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU. In accordance with the transitional arrangements provided in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marked the commencement of an 11-month implementation period during which the UK was treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes.

The implementation period ran until 11 pm on 31 December 2020, a point known as IP completion day. During this period, the UK was obliged to adhere to its obligations under EU law (including EU treaties, legislation, principles and international agreements), and submit to the continuing jurisdiction of the Court of Justice in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.

Exit day was still significant in terms of being the date the UK ceased to be an EU Member State, but in terms of the legal

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