A selection of our blogs from 2020 on intellectual property and Brexit from our experts and thought leaders here at Slaughter and May.

EU Trade Marks after the Brexit transition period

It’s now less than 6 months until the end of the Brexit Transition Period. Both the European Commission (EC) and UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have recently released stakeholder notices in relation to EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) from 1... Read more

Brexit and Geographical Indications

You may not be familiar with the trade mark related term ‘geographical indication’ (GI). However, more than likely you have eaten a product protected by a GI: such as Parma Ham, Champagne and Roquefort cheese to name a few. GIs are protected by a... Read more

Brexit designs update

As the end of the Brexit Transition Period nears, both the European Commission (EC) and UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have released stakeholder notices in relation to the treatment of Registered Community Designs (RCDs) and Unregistered... Read more

The course of the UPC never did run smooth: the UK officially withdraws its participation

In what has felt like death by a thousand cuts, the UK has officially withdrawn its ratification of the UPC Agreement. For our earlier posts on the saga, see our blog posts here and here. The written statement... Read more. 

EU Copyright regulation after the Brexit transition period

As the UK enters the final six months of its countdown until the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021, the European Commission (EC) has published a stakeholder notice on certain implications for copyright and related rights. In... Read more

Is London Calling (again) for the EU Copyright Directive?

As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson was once asked how he listens to music, “Have you discovered this wonderful thing called YouTube? I am afraid I just dial up whatever I want and put it on my laptop while I work. Anything from Brahms to The... Read more

UK based .eu domain name owners beware – Brexit is coming

Are you one of some 142,000 UK based registrants of .eu domain names with a potentially big problem on their hands? One consequence of Brexit is that from 1 January 2021 organisations established solely in the UK will no longer be entitled... Read more. 

Is your website Brexit ready?

The recent publication by the European Commission of a number of updated Brexit stakeholder notices are a timely reminder for organisations to check that their websites will be ready in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of the transition... Read more

Brexit and exhaustion of IP rights: are UK exporters collateral damage?

Exhaustion of IP rights has always been a controversial topic, and Brexit has kept the issue on centre stage. The issue? Price differences between different national markets. On the one hand, IP rights holders want to protect national markets,... Read more

IPR enforcement and EU Customs Regulations post Brexit - more work for IPR owners

Customs detention of articles suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPRs) can be an incredibly useful tool for IPR owners in the battle against counterfeit goods. This was especially the case with the EU Customs Regulations,... Read more


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