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Bold and newly Independent, or Isolated and Cast Adrift? The Implications of Brexit for Intellectual Property Law and Policy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ben FarrandORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2017.

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What happens when a breakdown in relations results in mutually possessed objectives becoming harder to achieve? This article explores the consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU for intellectual property (IP) law and policy. Compared with other fields such as Economic and Monetary Union and the development of the EU's ‘social chapter’, the UK has been a supportive and proactive player in internal market integration, particularly pertaining to IP protection. As a result of ‘Brexit’, the EU may find that the impetus for further harmonization and integration in this field is lost, such as with the EU unitary patent. However, the consequences for the UK are likely to be more severe – a loss of influence, both over laws that govern it and in exporting IP norms internationally, as well as a loss of access to certain protections, agencies and market sectors that are within the UK's economic interests.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Farrand B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Common Market Studies

Year: 2017

Volume: 55

Issue: 6

Pages: 1306-1321

Print publication date: 23/10/2017

Online publication date: 21/02/2017

Acceptance date: 23/12/2016

Date deposited: 05/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0021-9886

ISSN (electronic): 1468-5965

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12550


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