EU Brexit Position Paper on IP Rights

The EU has published a Position Paper setting the position it will take during the Brexit negotiations on the treatment of intellectual property rights.

The "EU27 Position Paper on IP Rights", published on 7 September, contains the main principles of the EU’s position towards the treatment of IP rights during the Brexit negotiations. Significant areas of intellectual property are harmonised across Europe and various rights, notably trade marks and registered designs, can be protected via unitary rights, that have EU-wide effect.

The enforcement of IP rights is also intimately liked with the free movement of goods within the EU. Therefore, IP can be expected to form a key part of the negotiations.