Understanding the legal implications of Brexit
What Brexit means for intellectual property, data handling and more
The Intellectual Property Office has produced comprehensive guidance setting out changes that affect EU trade marks, registered community designs, unregistered designs, international trade mark registrations, rights of representation, patents, supplementary protection certificates, exhaustion of rights and copyright.
There is guidance on how to use the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking. The UKCA marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking. The UKCA marking can be used from 1 January 2021. However, businesses will still be able to use the CE marking until January 2022 in most cases.
If your business receives personal data from partners or suppliers in EU or EEA countries, act now to ensure can still do so legally when the transition period ends. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance on data protection once the transition period ends.
There is also guidance on sui generis database rights – changes to protection in the EU for databases produced in the UK.
Here’s a round-up of other legal and technical issues:
- What to do if your business holds a .eu domain name
- Changes to environmental standards, meeting climate change requirements and regulating persistent organic pollutants
- Complying with with the EU’s REACH chemical regulations when using, making, selling or importing chemicals into the EU
- Guidance on public sector procurement
- Bidding for overseas government contracts
- Advice for EU lawyers operating in the UK and for UK lawyers practising in the EU
- Advice for UK auditors and audit firms operating in the EEA
- Changes to workplace rights and consumer rights
- Placing manufactured goods on the EU market and placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain
- Information on labelling for footwear manufacturers and retailers and on labelling for textile manufacturers and retailers
- Information on product safety and metrology
- Information on geo-blocking for e-commerce retailers
- How to claim VAT refunds from EU member states
- Advice on whether your business needs to change its company registration
- Guidance for vehicle and component manufacturers on meeting safety and environmental standards
- Changes to company accounting and reporting requirements
- Changes to deduction of tax from interest, royalties and dividends
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has recorded a podcast and webinar with Alex Craig, head of commercial at law firm Muckle, exploring the impacts of Brexit on data flow and intellectual property rights.