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On 6 September 2017, the EU Commission published its position paper setting out the main principles that will govern its attitude to Brexit negotiations with the UK on intellectual property (the “Paper”).  The Paper sets out 5 General Principles:

Principle 1:  European IP rights should continue to retain comparable protection in the UK post BrexitPrinciple 2:  Pending applications for protection on Brexit day should retain their (European) priority date

Principle 3:  Supplementary Protection Certificate (“SPC”) applications

Principle 4:  Continued protection for database rightsholders

Principle 5:  Principles of exhaustion should be retained

To learn about each of these principals and find out potential consequences for the paper, please read the article by our colleagues Ruth Hoy and James Tighe.