How Would a Brexit Affect IP Rights?

    May 2016

    Article 50(1) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides that any member state may decide to withdraw from the EU. The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU has been scheduled for 23 June. The electorate will be asked: should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

    If the majority vote in the UK is to leave, what impact will a “Brexit” have on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the UK?

    The terms on which any exit would occur would, after a Brexit vote, be negotiated between the UK government and the other EU members. Precisely how all this would work in practice is not spelt out in any detail in the TEU, which creates considerable uncertainty.