CIPA will work towards the UK’s participation in the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

Published: 16, August 2016

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys says it has a strong preference for the UK to participate in the UP and UPC system, if a solid legal basis for this can be agreed.

CIPA explains its position on the UP and UPC and the full range of intellectual property issues as they are likely to be affected by Brexit, in a new position paper published today, entitled The impact of Brexit on intellectual property.

The opening message from the paper is that, despite the Brexit vote, it is business as usual with existing UK national IP rights and European patents and applications all unaffected.

The European Patent Convention (EPC) and the European Patent Office (EPO) are not EU institutions.  Therefore, UK patent attorneys who are qualified European Patent Attorneys will still be able to represent clients in all work before the EPO.

On the UPC, the UK government, assisted by CIPA and other national stakeholders, has worked tirelessly over many years to create a system favourable to the UK which should simplify the patent system for all businesses and reduce their costs. Plans were well advanced for part of the Court’s central division to open in London, with Aldgate Tower in Whitechapel secured as the venue.

CIPA is working with other interested parties, including international colleagues, to optimise the chances of the UK’s continued participation.

In the paper, CIPA also details areas where there may be opportunities to strengthen UK IP rights due to Brexit.

Download the full Position Paper here


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