The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) have issued statements reconfirming that Brexit will have absolutely no impact on UK membership of the European Patent Convention (EPC), nor on the effect of European patents in the UK. As we have previously reported, European Patent Attorneys based in the UK will continue to be able to act in respect of all matters before the EPO after the UK leaves the European Union.

Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office, commented: “Meeting with CIPA gave us an opportunity to restate that Brexit will have no impact on UK membership of EPO. For a very simple reason – the EPO is not an EU agency but an independent international organisation, of which the UK is a founding member.”

This statement followed a meeting between a CIPA delegation and high level representatives of the EPO in Munich last week. The delegates further discussed progress made by the UK on the ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, the likelihood of ratification in the coming months, and developments in EPO practices.