EU Justice Sub-Committee

Intellectual property and the Unified Patent Court

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Scope of the inquiry

The EU's intellectual property acquis on patents; trade marks; copyright and geographical indications is vast and complex. The World Intellectual Property Organisation lists 215 EU based texts dealing with the subject matter.

Brexit poses profound questions for the application of this area of law to the UK and also casts doubt on the UK’s continued participation in the eagerly awaited Unified Patent Court, a division of which will be based in the City.

The EU Justice Sub-Committee, under the Chairmanship of Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, has decided to undertake a brief inquiry into this subject matter which will look into the impact of Brexit and explore the Government’s plans for this sector after the UK leaves the EU.

The inquiry will culminate in a session with the Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, on 13 November 2018.

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