On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU.
The process for a Member State to withdraw is set out, in fairly short form, in Article 50 Treaty on European Union. Pursuant to Article 50, on 29 March 2017, the UK gave formal notification of its intention to leave the European Union, starting a period of two years to negotiate the terms of its exit, after which, in the absence of agreement, EU Treaty rights and obligations will automatically cease to apply.
In the meantime, the UK remains a member of the EU and EU rules continue to apply to it.
For information on wider Brexit implications, we have gathered insights and briefings for consideration in a dedicated microsite.
What does this mean for the Unitary Patent and the UPC?