Brexit Update

October 2019

As just confirmed by the European Union Council President, Donald Tusk, the UK will not now leave the European Union on 31st October. A further extension up to 31st January 2020 has been agreed with the EU. This will enable the UK to hold a general election, providing a new government to determine the issue. For now then, in view of the extension, there is no change at all in the situation relating to European Union IP. Of course, in any event this has no relevance to patents given that the European Patent Office is not an EU institution. Regarding EU trademarks and designs, our office in Alicante, Spain, very close to the European Union IPO is up and running and ready for whatever happens next and to handle EUIPO matters irrespective of the direction in which a new government may seek to take the UK.