Peter Vaughan considers Brexit’s effect on copyright, trademark and patent law

The 18 months which have passed since Brexit leave us with an opportunity to take stock and ask whether IP finds itself in smooth waters – or adrift in the middle of a gathering storm?


Legislatively, much of the pre-Brexit harmonisation, which was significant, especially for designs, trademarks – and to some extent, copyright, remains. The last few years have seen much uncertainty and many challenges for businesses. Changes to the IP regimes beyond those required by Brexit have largely been avoided, with legislative certainty prioritised. Even where new species of IP right have been created, such as the ‘Supplementary and Continuity Unregistered Design,’ they mirror existing E...

Peter Vaughan
Deputy Course Leader
Nottingham Law School

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