Brexit: the facts

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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The UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, following the outcome of the referendum held on June 23, 2016 looks set to have wide-ranging implications.

EU flag over a map of Great Britain

Whilst this much seems certain, firmer details on exactly what will happen and when are few and far between.


In light of this, the UKIPO has published a helpful webpage, which outlines what we know already about the implications for patent, design, trade mark and copyright rights, what we are still waiting to learn and what the future may look like post-Brexit.


The full article can be read on the UKIPO website here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ip-and-brexit-the-facts

Article Published August 17, 2016