The UK Government has voted in favour of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is now under review by the House of Lords. It is widely expected that the House of Lords will approve the Bill and that it will be ratified by the European Parliament. The UK will then formally leave the EU on 31 January 2020 and enter a transition period scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.
During the transition period, the EU and UK will negotiate the UK’s future relationship with the EU and the terms on which the EU and UK will continue to trade. There will be no change to IP rights and UK-based trade mark and design attorneys will continue to represent applicants before the EUIPO as normal.
As a European business with a well established German office, Venner Shipley will continue to be able to represent applicants and owners of EU registered trade mark and designs before the EUIPO, after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
Withdrawal of the UK from the EU has no impact on the European patent system, which is a non-EU organisation. Therefore, as European Patent attorneys we will continue to represent applicants at the European Patent Office as usual.