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Friday, 28 July 2017

Brexit roundtable for brand owners in the financial services industry

Via Katfriend Darren Meale comes the news that, together with Royal Bank of Scotland’s IP Legal Counsel Mark Cruickshank, he is organising a roundtable on Brexit specifically focused on brand owners in the financial services industry.

Here's the relevant flyer:

Br*x*t and brands – would you like to join the Financial Services Roundtable?

With answers to questions such as “what is going on?” and “when it is going to happen?” hard to come by when it comes to Brexit, brand owners might want to start being more proactive with engaging with the government in the hope of understanding what their IP rights will look like once the UK leaves the EU.

To that end, Darren Meale (IP partner at Simmons & Simmons) and Royal Bank of Scotland’s IP Legal Counsel, Mark Cruickshank, are putting together a “Brexit and Brands Roundtable” for brand owners in the Financial Services industry. The group will comprise trade mark/intellectual property lawyers from a number of major banks and financial institutions. The role of the group will be to liaise with the UK authorities and the wider IP industry to look at trade mark and other IP issues raised by Brexit, which has the potential to significantly impact on the IP owned by those businesses. A first meeting of the group with representatives from the UK Intellectual Property Office is due to take place in September.

The Roundtable already features a number of big names but there is room for more members. If you are an IP lawyer at a financial institution and would like to join in, Darren would love to hear from you at To give the group focus, membership is currently limited to financial services brand owners, but brand owners from other industries keen to find out more can also drop Darren a line.

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