By Gordon Harris

If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be impacted significantly, how the UK government can (and has indicated intent to) minimise disruption for owners of EU-wide rights, and practical steps that IP right owners can take now to minimise risks and maximise commercial certainty in the context of a no deal Brexit on 29 March 2019.

Brexit will impact intellectual property regimes presently in operation in the UK; but exactly how depends upon the tactility of Brexit and the subsequent relationship between the UK and the EU.