What are the implications of Brexit on IP rights?

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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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On Thursday June 23, 2016 the voting public of the United Kingdom made the momentous decision to leave the European Union.

British and EU stars over map of Europe

We have outlined what the possible effects may be for patent, trade mark and design portfolios in the document, which you can download using the link below.

In the short video below, European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney Stéphane Ambrosini discusses the potential implications of Brexit for the Intellectual Property Industry and for the owners of Intellectual Property Rights.