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The Brexit clock is ticking. With the UK set to leave the EU in less than a year, and the so-called transition period likely to end in December 2020, businesses have only a limited time to develop and implement their Brexit strategies.

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Many predictions about Brexit have already been proved wrong, and there will be more twists and turns before the process is over. Complex politico-legal, financial and other relationships between the UK and the EU have to be untangled, in what is sometimes a febrile atmosphere. We will keep you up to speed on the practical legal implications for your business, providing clear insights and information as new developments unfold.

This Brexit Insights page features some of our latest updates on Brexit. You can find much more on our Brexit Next website.

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5 December 2018
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Re­gion­al Trade Mark ex­haus­tion to con­tin­ue
Ex­haus­tion of in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty rights is a prin­ciple by which, once branded products placed on a par­tic­u­lar mar­ket, with the con­sent of the brand own­er, the later dis­tri­bu­tion and sale of those items can­not be pro­hib­ited by the brand own­er, the rights.
Brexit up­date on In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Rights: Draft le­gis­la­tion on...
In­tro­duc­tion The In­ter­na­tion­al Trade Mark sys­tem, some­times re­ferred to as the ‘Mad­rid’ sys­tem, is ad­min­istered by the World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Or­gan­iz­a­tion (‘WIPO’) based in Geneva. The sys­tem al­lows ap­plic­ants to file one cent­ral trade mark ap­plic­a­tion.
Em­ploy­ment rights in a no deal Brexit scen­ario
The policy of both the EU Com­mis­sion and the UK gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to be that the UK should leave the EU via a with­draw­al agree­ment on the sched­uled exit date of 29 March 2019. However, the UK par­lia­ment has not rat­i­fied the with­draw­al agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated.
UK State aid re­gime in the event of a no-deal Brexit
On 21 Janu­ary, the UK gov­ern­ment pub­lished a draft Stat­utory In­stru­ment (SI) to trans­pose the ex­ist­ing EU State aid re­gime in­to UK law and, if there is no deal, des­ig­nate the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (CMA) as the re­spons­ible State aid en­force­ment au­thor­ity.