During November, position papers were coming thick and fast from IP organisations on Brexit. Mostly they are very
- Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attrorneys (UK body- CITMA) 20 pages
- INTA (International brand owners- US based) 9 pages
- Marques (brand owners - UK based) 9 pages
- European Commission countersigned by the EU IPO (registrar) 2 pages 1 December 2017
All of these demands and comments were made before the phase 1 deal was reached on the night of Thursday 7/Friday 8 December 2017.
Our minister with responsibility for Intellectual Property is Jo Johnson, brother of the greater Bo, was very pleased about the deal in respect of the Universities - his main responsibility - as it seems UK academic institutions can continue to participate until 2020 in EU research projects to freely disseminate UK IP into Europe.
Good news 4 science: 1. UK participants in existing projects guaranteed EU funding. 2. Projects approved to continue, with uninterrupted EU funding. 3. UK based orgs & people can bid for H2020 funding, participate in & lead consortia, post-exit, in '19+'20https://t.co/veLAEabQOL— Jo Johnson (@JoJohnsonUK) December 8, 2017
No reply yet as to whether UK representatives at EU IPO have the like freedom to continue as representatives while we pay to continue our support for our European neighbours.
There is a substantial amount of EU IPO business with UK legal firms that do not have European subsidiaries to take it on, that is available for transfer. CITMA members have already commented on their clients being poached, but has anyone received a business proposition? Brexit will happen. It would be nice to know there are responsible representatives offering to provide an orderly transition for brand owners based outside the Euro27. If you are one such, do ask those making unsolicited approaches how they will work with your current representative and how they will reimburse them.