What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

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

  • What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?
  • Overview—what happened on 31 December 2020
  • IP implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Copyright
  • Copyright qualification and duration or term of protection
  • Access to published works—the blind, visually impaired or print disabled
  • Artist’s resale right
  • Use of EU satellite decoders
  • Further reading
  • Key legislation
  • More...

What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

IP law is one of the areas of law that is most extensively harmonised across the EU, with a large amount of the law originating from the EU in the form of directives or regulations. For example, EU law makes it possible to obtain EU trade mark (EUTM) and designs registrations which offer unitary protection across all EU Member States as well as allowing for protection of unregistered designs on an equally wide basis.

Considerable efforts have been made to establish consistent regimes of protection and enforcement of such rights across the EU and many businesses have taken advantage of the harmonised regime in order to obtain broad and cost-effective protection for their trade mark, design and other rights. As a result, the UK’s decision to leave the EU has, potentially, a significant impact on right holders.

11 pm on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the implementation period put in place to enable the UK to transition away from the EU’s laws and institutions. At this point in time (referred to in this document and elsewhere as IP completion day), there was an immediate and wholesale change in the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note explains the implications of this change in relation to the following areas of IP law and practice:

  1. Overview—what is happening on

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