Brexit and IP – UK government White Paper

It has been an eventful 24 hours for the UK:  the departure of the England football team from the World Cup at the semi-final stage, the arrival of President Donald Trump, and the publication this morning (in controversial and somewhat chaotic circumstances) of the UK Government's long awaited Brexit White Paper: the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. So is there anything specific on IP in the White Paper? Yes – a little.  The 104 page paper will take some time to fully digest, but a few provisions caught this Kat's eye. First up, the UPC: The IPKat's feline friend Larry of No 10"150. There is a long history of European cooperation on patents, which can be costly to enforce in multiple jurisdictions. Most recently, this includes the agreement on a Unified Patent Court to provide businesses with a streamlined process for enforcing patents through a single court, rather than…

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