Government publishes Brexit White Paper
The UK Government published its proposed 'blueprint' for the future, post-Brexit, relationship between the UK and EU across a wide range of areas including trade marks.
The UK Government has today (12th July 2018) published its 'white paper' on the future relationship between the UK and European Union.
The paper sets out the Government's proposed 'blueprint' for the future relationship between the UK and EU across a wide range of areas. These include intellectual property and mutual recognition of professional qualification.
Responding to the paper, Kate O’Rourke, CITMA Immediate Past-President and Chair of CITMA’s Brexit committee said: “It is reassuring to see the government is seeking a bilateral agreement on civil judicial cooperation and to implement provisions on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. However, business deserve certainty that UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys will continue to be able to represent them at the EU Intellectual Property Office after Brexit.
“It is also vital for business that there is legal certainty on the future of EU trade marks and registered community designs in the UK. We were encouraged that the Draft Withdrawal Agreement signalled the UK Government’s intention to grant all European Union registered trade mark and design right holders an equivalent UK right after the end of the transition period and will be looking for reassurance from the government that this policy will be implemented, with or without an agreement with the EU.”