The UK held EU Parliamentary Elections at the end of last month, and so the date on which the UK is set to leave the European Union (EU) remains set for 31 October 2019 (unless an agreement is reached whereby the UK leaves sooner). Had the elections not been held, the UK would have left the EU last month. The departure date could be extended further by mutual agreement.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of the governing Conservative Party this month. Her party is now holding an internal contest to appoint a new leader, who will replace Mrs May as Prime Minister before the end of July 2019. Exactly what the new Prime Minister’s approach to Brexit will be is unclear at present.
We will continue to keep you abreast of developments. In the meantime, until the departure date, IP rights will continue to be protected and enforced in the UK as normal. What happens after the departure date will depend on whether or not an agreement is in place between the UK and EU beforehand. The position as regards European Patents, EU Trade Marks and Community Designs if the current draft agreement between the UK and EU is, in time, accepted are set out in our recently updated Brexit FAQs section which can be read here. The position the UK Government has announced it will adopt as regards these rights in the event of no deal being reached before the departure date is summarised there also.
Do contact us if you have any questions.