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Baker Botts Lawyers Comment on Brexit’s Article 50, Impact on Unified Patent Court

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LONDON, 28 March 2017 - Baker Botts’ international lawyers have been closely monitoring the developments around Brexit since the United Kingdom (UK) voted to withdrawal from the European Union (EU) on 23 June, 2016. The process for Britain to formally withdraw from the EU is anticipated this week when the UK is set to notify the European Council of its intention to withdraw by triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU Treaty). 

Among the many policies in question during the two-year negotiation procedure is what impact ratification will have on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patents Court (UPC) since it’s unclear whether the UK will remain a member of the UPC after Brexit. Additionally, open to question is the future of pan-EU intellectual property rights in general and the impact that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have on them. In advance of this Brexit development, London lawyers Neil Coulson and Clive Thorne are available to discuss the short and long term implications of the Article 50 trigger on EU and UK intellectual property law and rights. 


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