Fordham IP Institute

26th Annual Conference Begins


Brexit & IP

Plenary Session


Prof. Hugh C. Hansen
Fordham University School of Law, New York


Margot Fröhlinger
Principal Director, Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, EPO, Munich
Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court - State of implementation and possible implications of Brexit
The speech will address the last steps for the implementation of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court before their entry into operation in December 2017. It will also deal with the implications of the Brexit and possible future scenarios for the time thereafter.  
Hon. Mr. Justice Arnold
Chancery Division, High Court, London
The Effect of Brexit on UK IP Law.
The effect of Brexit on UK IP Law is uncertain in many respects. The Government's proposed Great Repeal Act will maintain in effect all EU Directives which have been implemented into domestic law before Brexit, but that leaves many questions open. For example, how will IP rights based on EU Regulations, such as EUTMs, be given effect to when those Regulations cease to apply to the UK?


Trevor Cook
WilmerHale, New York
Hon. Dr. Klaus Grabinski
Federal Supreme Court, Karlsruhe
John Pegram
Fish & Richardson, New York
Nicholas Saunders
Brick Court Chambers, London
Joel Smith
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London
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