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- A Brexit could compromise the UK’s access to, participation in and influence over the world’s IP systems. This would not be good for either UK or international IP, or for the role of the UK’s IP attorneys and IP users within the global IP system,
- Since the IP system supports and incentivises research, development and innovation in the UK, remaining in the EU should better benefit such activities and in turn their contribution to the UK economy,
- A Brexit is likely to have a detrimental effect on the current businesses of CIPA members and other IP professionals, and on their competitiveness, in particular in the European market,
- Since these businesses include significant service exports, their success also affects the UK’s export economy.
Publication - In other UP and European news, Katfriend Ingve Björn Stjerna has published a revised an extended version of The Parliamentary History of the European Unitary Patent, available in German and English. Comments and further details from the PatLit blog here.
Consultations - The UK Government has been busy this week, posting the outcomes of one consultation and three new ones. The government response to Proposal for changes in registered design fees has pretty images and confirms the government's plan to enact reduced fees for online design registrations and some other bits and bobs.
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Events - Finally, a reminder of two upcoming events: "More Than Just a Game: Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (second edition)" is at Queen Mary in London next Friday the 7th. The event is advertised by invitation-only, but you can e-mail the organisers. On the 13th of April, also at Queen Mary, is a public seminar hosted by CREATe and BLACA to discuss a paper asking, "Is There a EU Copyright Jurisprudence? An Empirical Analysis of the Workings of the European Court of Justice." Those interested in attending should click on the EventBrite link halfway down this page.