What does IP completion day mean for E-commerce?
What does IP completion day mean for E-commerce?

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

  • What does IP completion day mean for E-commerce?
  • How does Brexit impact E-commerce?
  • Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement for E-commerce
  • No tariffs or quotas on goods
  • Technical barriers to trade
  • Digital trade
  • Data protection—adequacy grace period
  • Level playing field—competition
  • What are the key legal authorities in this area impacted by Brexit?
  • E-commerce
  • More...

The implementation period put in place to enable the UK to transition away from the EU’s laws and institutions ended at 11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020. At this point in time (referred to in this Practice Note as ‘IP completion day’) there was an immediate and significant change in the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note explains the implications of that change in relation to e-commerce.

How does Brexit impact E-commerce?

Although EU legislation on e-commerce is, for the most part, retained in the UK as retained EU law, the impact of Brexit is significant for UK businesses operating in the EU. To the extent that EU law diverges from the position adopted in the UK or vice versa or there is further deregulation in the future, the compliance burden for UK organisations engaging in cross-border e-commerce will increase.

E-commerce covers a broad range of legislation including that which relates to the operation of the technology and functionality that hosts and facilitates e-commerce transactions and the legislation that governs the trading aspects of e-commerce. For information on e-commerce infrastructure, see Practice Notes:

  1. What does IP completion day mean for TMT?—Technology contracts

  2. What does IP completion day mean for TMT?—Internet of things

  3. What does IP completion day mean for TMT?—Software licensing

  4. What does IP completion day mean for TMT?—Domain names

  5. What does IP completion day

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