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BREXIT II - Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water
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BREXIT II - Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water

It has been a while since our last Brexit Bulletin.  In truth, we have spent most of 2019 in shock at the chaos of the UK Parliament….   But, as the year draws to a close, we finally have some news.  Yesterday was polling day in the UK’s general election and the ruling Conservative Party won and, for the next five years, it can rely on support from a large the majority of elected members of parliament. 

“A trap is only a trap if you don't know about it. If you know about it, it's a challenge.”
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We know that registered EU trade marks and designs will be cloned automatically into EU and UK ones after Brexit, and we know also that this will happen for International trade marks that designate the EU.  However, there is a trap here for the unwary.

Worried about how Brexit will affect your IP?  Don’t be.
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Worried about how Brexit will affect your IP? Don’t be.

With Wynne-Jones IP and AIPEX BV, it’s business as usual and you’re in safe hands.

“…..Another fine mess………”
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“…..Another fine mess………”

With an uncanny sense of comedic timing, the film “Stan & Ollie” is being released this month in the UK.  The famous duo’s catchphrase seems apt to describe the current state of the UK’s Brexit process.  We still do not know how or when, or even if, the UK will leave the EU.  However, if nothing changes, the UK will leave the EU on 29th March 2019

A stitch in time saves “nein”
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A stitch in time saves “nein”

The UK will officially leave the EU on March 29th 2019.  There is provisionally a transitional period until December 31st 2020, and we think the most likely outcome is that this will be extended, so that there is still plenty of time to sort out what to do about IP that is affected by Brexit.  However, with everyone falling out, a “nein deal” is now a genuine possibility, and the UK has recently issued no deal guidelines for intellectual property. 

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