July 14, 2016
It’s difficult to turn on the news and not hear something about the historic vote by Britain to leave the European Union. While the Brexit vote already has had an immediate effect on global economic markets, the legal effects in the intellectual property arena will likely take a bit longer to understand given that Britain’s EU exit will take place over the next several years. 

Given this uncertainty, in anticipation of potential changes to existing trademark registrations, pending trademark applications and patent rights in the European Union, U.S. companies should proactively evaluate their current foreign trademark portfolios and patent rights now to plan for proper protection of their brands in the UK and the EU. 

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