What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

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

  • What does IP completion day mean for TMT?
  • Overview—what happened on 31 December 2020
  • TMT implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Data protection
  • No tariffs or quotas on goods
  • Digital trade
  • Telecoms
  • Access to EEA workers
  • Technology contracts
  • Drones
  • More...

What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

11 pm (GMT) 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 as ‘IP completion day’) there was an immediate and significant change in the UK’s legal regime. This Practice Note explains the implications of this change in relation to the following areas of TMT law and practice:

  1. Overview—what happened on 31 December 2020

  2. TMT implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

  3. Access to EEA workers

  4. Technology contracts

  5. Drones

  6. Internet of things

  7. Software licensing

  8. Cloud computing

  9. E-commerce

  10. Domain names

  11. ePrivacy

  12. Data protection

  13. Media

  14. Telecoms

  15. Advertising

  16. Databases

  17. Defamation

For a tracker of key TMT Brexit legislation and guidance, see Practice Note: TMT—Brexit tracker.

Overview—what happened on 31 December 2020

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

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