By Gordon Harris, Kate Swaine

On 24 September 2018, the UK Government published a series of guidance papers explaining arrangements in progress to manage Brexit in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario (on 29 March 2019). Five papers have been published in respect of intellectual property. This article explains the most notable take-homes from those five papers.

(Please note, however, that in the event a deal is reached between the UK and the EU on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal, it has been indicated that it will include a transition period lasting from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. During such a transition period, the status quo would largely remain in place for intellectual property. The Government’s 24 September 2018 guidance does not address this scenario).