European patents and patent work unaffected Brexit

European patents and patent work unaffected by brexit

Published: 24 June 2016

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has called for calm following the referendum vote to leave the EU and points out that it will be business as usual for UK patent attorneys who will be unaffected by Brexit.  

The decision to leave the EU will not affect European patent holders or restrict the ability of UK patent attorneys to carry out European patent work.

The UK’s membership of the European patent system is independent of membership of the EU, as is the UK’s membership of the World International Property Organisation.

Therefore UK patent attorneys can still prosecute European patent applications for all UK and overseas clients and this will not change when the UK leaves the EU. European patent applicants will not lose any rights and patents already obtained via the European patent office are unaffected.

UK patent attorneys can still prosecute Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent applications – which provide protection in the applicant’s chosen countries - for all UK and overseas clients. PCT patent applicants will not lose any rights.

CIPA President Tony Rollins called for calm as there would be business as usual for at least two years.

"The UK will not immediately cease to be a member of the EU," he said.

"The terms of the UK’s exit will need to be negotiated and some estimates suggest that this could take up to two years, if not longer.

"In any event, it is business as usual for UK patent attorneys because the UK’s membership of the European patent system independent of membership of the EU." 

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For more information contact Neil Lampert, Head of Media and Public Affairs, on 07730 130106 or at neil@cipa.org.uk