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IP, Brexit and Beyond

The Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) recently published their report under the title IP, Brexit and beyond. Thank you, John Ogier, both for this excellent initiative and for a signed copy of the report. As with everything published under the Brexit banner, this report is full of things that were not in the mix at the time of the referendum.

There’s a handy list of “IP rights affected, or likely to be lost entirely” including the Community Trade Mark, Supplementary Protection Certificates, Community Registered Designs, Community Plant Variety Rights, and Trade Secret Protection For Patents, while the European Patent Organisation is not an EU institution, Brexit has made a mess of the Unitary Patent and the Unitary Patent Court – an initiative that has been 20 years in the making. On the positive note …just kidding, there is no positive note.

This is a comprehensive review of the risks of leaving the EU from an IP perspective. The report highlights that there is an immense amount of experience and expertise that is willing to lend a hand to Government to do the best we can. The knowledge economy is the future so getting this wrong is not an option.

Nigel Swycher, Aistemos CEO recently spoke at the IPAN AGM on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to help with the protection, enforcement and licensing of patents had this to add:

“Patents are a global issue, and Brexit does not alter this. What we need is a holistic understanding of what’s going on and we will continue to develop Cipher so that the business leaders of tomorrow have the information they need today”.

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