The result of the referendum on 23 June 2016 was that the UK should leave the EU (so-called “Brexit”). In anticipation of such a decision, Boult Wade Tennant set up a Brexit response team earlier this year, and this team has been working on a number of contingency plans. We are mindful of the challenges that lie ahead, but believe that Brexit will present us with opportunities as well.
As a first phase of our response to the UK’s decision, Boult Wade Tennant is delighted to announce the opening of our new Munich office, in the heart of the city and close to the main buildings of the EPO. This office is a major step in expanding Boult Wade Tennant’s business within the EU. It is unlikely that the UK’s membership of the EU, and hence our legal status, will change for some years. For now, business continues as normal. Our relationship with the European patent office (which is not an EU institution) will not change as the UK leaves the EU, so our ability to secure patent protection for our clients will not change. Nevertheless we are very excited at this new, overseas chapter in the long history of Boult Wade Tennant, which will mean that we remain at the heart of Europe, with the continued ability to advise and secure patent, trade mark, design and other rights in both EU and non EU countries.
More news on our expansion and Brexit response plans will follow in due course.