Published on: 26 January 2018
Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office, has stated unequivocally that Brexit will have no effect on UK membership of the European Patent Organisation and that European patent attorneys based in the UK will continue to be able to represent applicants before the EPO after the UK leaves the European Union.
He made his statement following a CIPA delegation to the EPO in Munich led by President Stephen Jones. Also making up the delegation were Immediate Past President Tony Rollins, Honorary Secretary Chris Mercer, Past President Andrea Brewster, Tim Jackson, Chairman of CIPA’s Patents Committee and Chief Executive Lee Davies.
President Battistelli said: “Meeting with CIPA gave us an opportunity to restate that Brexit will have no impact on UK membership of the EPO. For a very simple reason - the EPO is not an EU agency but an independent international organisation, of which the UK is a founding member.”
The CIPA team met President Batistelli and senior officers of the EPO yesterday (25 January). Read the EPO report of the meeting. They discussed progress made by the UK on the ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement and the likelihood of ratification in the coming months. CIPA and other leading UK IP organisations called on the UK Government to provide legal certainty regarding the UPC in a paper published last month. Read more.
Watch our video for more information about why UK-based European patent attorneys will not be affected be Brexit and why this is good news for businesses across the world.