Consequences of the Brexit Vote on European Trademarks

Robert Reading

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The referendum that started the United Kingdom on a road toward its divorce from the European Union (EU) has impacted business and the economy a great deal. The effects of the vote and the subsequent “divorce proceedings” have been felt far beyond Europe, too. Brexit, it seems, is affecting everyone. While many of these implications are strictly long-term and have not yet been properly defined, there have been some immediate effects. They have begun to filter through the United Kingdom and European countries, touching on areas from trade to travel. And the intellectual property (IP) market is no exception.

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