Planes will fall from the sky, giant man-eating rats will roam the streets, and our economy will nosedive. These are just three of the dire predictions being made on the consequences of a non-orderly, non-negotiated Brexit. But what are the real dramas playing out in the world of intellectual property rights? Exit from the EU without agreed mechanisms which ensure that rights holders in the UK and the EU continue to enjoy the benefits of rights they have enjoyed to date looks like a real prospect. The rights most at risk are trademarks and designs where pan-European rights and registrations systems overseen by the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice are embedded in the laws of each member state.

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