UK will not be a part of the UPC – Government confirms

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog The UK Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed (27.02.20) that the UK will not be participating in the UPC system saying: “Participating in a court that applies EU law and bound by the CJEU is inconsistent with our aims of becoming an independent self-governing nation.” Read more

Updated Brexit Legal Guide launched

Today our updated Brexit Legal Guide was released. Below is a message from our Chair and Senior Partner James Palmer which accompanied the updated guide. Dear clients and professional colleagues, The outcome of the June 2016 UK referendum on EU membership ushered in a period of increasing political turmoil in the UK. When I wrote … Read more

WEBINAR: 10 WEEKS TO BREXIT – “NO DEAL” PLANNING: CONTRACTS, DATA PROTECTION, EMPLOYMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

In today’s webinar Paul Butcher, Brexit Director at Herbert Smith Freehills, was joined by Sarah Hawes, Head of Corporate Knowledge,  Miriam Everett, Consultant, Head of Data Protection and Privacy, Anna Henderson, Professional Support Consultant, and Rachel Montagnon, Professional Support Consultant, to reflect on some of the key issues businesses are facing in the fields of … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Brexit Legal Guide updated – comparison of IP and pharma provisions in the draft Withdrawal Agreement versus the No Deal provisions promised by the UK Government

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog See the updated IP section of the revised Herbert Smith Freehills Brexit Legal Guide which reviews the IP and pharma elements of the draft Withdrawal Agreement endorsed by the EU Council on 25 November 2018 and the no deal provisions as set out by the UK Government … Read more

11 weeks to Brexit: updated Brexit Legal Guide

Without an intervening event, the UK will withdraw from the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019.   Otherwise much remains unknown. The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and non-binding Political Declaration is facing significant opposition in the UK and will not be submitted for parliamentary approval until next week. Without a … Read more

Five months to Brexit: avoiding a “no deal” crisis

Paul Butcher and Tom Henderson have published an article in FERMA/AIRMIC’s joint Brexit Newsletter advising risk management professionals of some of the key matters that they will need to consider to prevent a Brexit-related “no deal” crisis. Given it remains uncertain whether the UK will enter a transitional arrangement with the EU lasting until end … Read more

Draft Withdrawal Agreement Approved by UK Cabinet – IP and Marketing Authorisation Provisions Summarised

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog As was widely reported yesterday evening, the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (the Draft Withdrawal Agreement (14 November 2018)), detailing the arrangements for the UK to leave the … Read more