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March 19, 2018 - Draft Agreement between the UK and the EU


The European Commission published, on 19 March 2018, a Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. The Agreement should enter into force on 30 March 2019 and regulate the relationship between the UK and the other EU Member States during a transition period lasting until 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will no longer be a Member State of the EU and will not participate in any EU decisions. Nevertheless, the UK will still benefit from the advantages of the single market, the custom union and all European common politics. During this transition period, the UK will also have to apply all European regulations like any other EU Member State. The Draft Agreement, containing 168 articles, is extremely detailed. It is colored, showing in green the points already agreed and in white the points where agreement has not yet been reached. Articles 50 to 57 relate to intellectual property.
Registered trademarks and designs; granted plant variety rights According to the draft, holders of registered EU trademarks and community designs will enjoy exactly the same (...)