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Brexit – the UK’s referendum on staying in the European Union

26 February 2016

The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that a referendum will be held on 23 June 2016 to decide whether the UK will remain a member of the European Union.

It is widely expected that the UK will vote to remain in the EU, but we are happy to confirm that, regardless of the outcome of the referendum, Withers & Rogers will continue to provide the best possible representation for our clients before the relevant European authorities.

As European Patent Attorneys, Withers & Rogers will continue to be able to represent our clients before the European Patent Office, filing and prosecuting European Patent applications and handling EPO oppositions and appeals. In addition, under the soon to be implemented Unitary Patent System, Withers & Rogers will be able to obtain Unitary Patents for their clients and represent their clients before the Unified Patent Court.

Further, through our office in Munich we will be in a position to continue to file and prosecute European Community trade marks and designs at the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM – soon to be renamed the European Union Intellectual Property Office) on behalf of our clients.

Accordingly, business will continue as usual for Withers & Rogers, providing the full range of intellectual property services in Europe for our clients.

Matthew Howell
Electronics, Computing & Physics

If you require further information on anything covered in this briefing, please contact Matthew Howell (; +44 207 940 3600) or your usual contact at the firm.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

© Withers & Rogers LLP, February 2016