Topic: The Likely Effect of Brexit on IP Rights in Europe

Speaker:  Jonathan DeVile, Partner and Patent Attorney, D Young & Co LLP

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:00 pm

Location: Morrison & Foerster LLP, 12531 High Bluff Dr # 100, San Diego, CA 92130

On March 19, 2018 the UK and EU published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.  The draft agreement includes aspects relating to unitary EU intellectual property rights following Brexit.  Not all IP rights in Europe are affected by Brexit.  European IP rights are given legal effect by different treaties for different types of IP rights some of which are bound by EU legislation, some of which are not.  The unitary EU IP rights, such as the EU Trademark and the EU Design rights are obviously affected by Brexit but the European patent is not.  An overview of the most likely outcome of the effect of Brexit on different aspects of IP rights in Europe and how IP rights will be protected post Brexit will be provided, along with an explanation of what the IP profession in the UK is doing to mitigate, as far as possible, the effects of Brexit and what owners of European IP rights can do to protect their position.

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About our Speaker:

Jonathan has extensive experience in drafting and obtaining patent applications world-wide and contentious issues including litigation, oppositions, strategic assistance on infringement, licensing issues and due diligence matters. Jonathan specializes in the fields of electronics, software and telecommunications engineering, Internet protocols and applications, image and signal processing, and mobile communications. Jonathan also has litigation experience in the case of Sendo v Orange.

Jonathan joined D Young & Co in 1999 and became a partner in 2002. He has previous experience with Siemens UK and Siemens AG Munich 1995-1999, where he was involved with drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of telecommunications, software, image and signal processing, sensors and radar, optical electronics and automotive engineering, and in opposing European patents relating mobile communications and contentious issues relating to telecommunications standards. Jonathan also has had engineering experience with VSEL 1985-1987 and Siemens UK 1990-1994, working on digital communications systems including mobile radio networks and software development.