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Freeports: lessons from the US

14 Jul 2021
Freeports or Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) as they are referred to in the US are more established and the UK could take insight from the successes and challenges. The key is simplicity, businesses need to understand the benefits to their business.

We’re still confused by freeports, say bosses

13 Jul 2021
Most firms still do not have a full understanding of how freeports will operate and be governed, a survey suggests (Louisa Clarence-Smith writes). A report which includes responses from the British Ports Association, Brittany Ferries and Lloyds Bank found that 64 per cent of about 500 businesses questioned were unclear about how the eight freeports in England announced by Rishi Sunak in March would work.
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Brexit and patents

02 Jul 2021
As the European patent regime is not an instrument of the European Union ("EU"), it has remained largely unaffected by Brexit. The European Patent Convention 2000 and its various protocols are not part of the accumulated body of EU law. The current membership of the European Patent Office numbers 38 countries, which is a far greater number than the current 27 member states of the EU. The membership of the United Kingdom ("UK") to the Patent Cooperation Treaty also remains unaffected.
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Brexit and exhaustion of rights

02 Jul 2021
Parallel trade is the import (and export) of genuine goods protected by intellectual property ("IP") rights, and occurs where the IP rights are said to have been 'exhausted' – where the goods are put on the relevant market by, or with the consent of, the IP-right owner.
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G7 climate commitments

17 Jun 2021
Leaders of the G7 nations descended on Cornwall over 11-13 June to discuss a uniform approach to meeting the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to "build back better". While responses to the pandemic were clearly high on the agenda, the G7 summit presented a pivotal opportunity to further develop a multilateral consensus on mobilising a green revolution which would protect the planet for future generations.
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Brexit and designs

18 May 2021
Since 1 January 2021, the scope of protection afforded by registered Community designs ("RCDs") has not extended to the United Kingdom ("UK"). However, each owner of a RCD that was registered and published before or on 31 December 2020 has been granted a comparable registered and enforceable IP right in the UK, known as the 're-registered design' – hereafter "RRD" – which came into force automatically and free of charge on 1 January 2021.
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Brexit and trade marks

18 May 2021
Since 1 January 2021, the scope of protection afforded by European Union ("EU") trade mark registrations has not extended to the United Kingdom ("UK"). However, each owner of an EU trade mark ("EUTM") that was registered before or on 31 December 2020 has been granted a comparable registered and enforceable intellectual property ("IP") right in the UK, known as the 'comparable trade mark (EU)' – hereafter "CM(EU)" – which came into force automatically and free of charge on 1 January 2021.