In view of the vote in parliament on Tuesday (if it takes place), a reminder of our update relating to IP rights as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.
Overall, the UK Government has largely succeeded in its promise to IP rights holders to provide maximum certainty by agreeing arrangements appropriate to each of the different types of intellectual property rights. This draft Withdrawal Agreement provides additional much needed clarity on Intellectual Property rights post-Brexit. As compared to the draft Withdrawal Agreement published in March 2018 and updated since, further clarity has been achieved, in particular on the costs associated with obtaining equivalent UK registration, but a number of key questions still remain. The UK government in its technical guidance notices of 24 September 2018 announced legislation by Statutory Instrument and while these notices related to a no-deal Brexit they give an indication also for the procedure in the event that a deal is finalised.