Whether or not the UK leaves the EU on March 29th, there will be significant Brexit issues for Tech companies to consider. Our Bird & Bird Brexit experts will be gathering on April 2nd to provide views and guidance on significant post Brexit issues that are likely to impact tech businesses.
These issues will be examined from both a UK and EU Member State perspective and will include:
1. The impact of Brexit on international tech contracting: Irrespective of whether there is a managed withdrawal or a "no deal" Brexit parties who are negotiating contracts, need to carefully consider their dispute resolution provisions. We will focus on the areas of greatest potential vulnerability, jurisdiction clauses and judgment enforcement.
2. The E-Commerce Directive regime post-Brexit: Once the UK is no longer a member of the EU, and in a "no deal" scenario, information society services established in the UK, will cease to benefit from the Country of Origin principle when operating in EEA states. We will consider the potential impact of this, in light of guidance recently issued by the UK Government.
3. Exhaustion of IP rights post Brexit: Exhaustion of rights is a highly charged subject as it controls what rights an IP owner has over IP-protected products after they have been put on the market. Brexit has stirred up the old arguments again as it raises the question of what principle of exhaustion should be applied after the UK leaves the EU. Katharine Stephens considers these issues and the Government's solution.
We will also provide enough time for open discussion on issues identified by the attendees.
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