On 29 June 2020, Amanda Solloway MP, Parliamentary Under-Seceretary of State at BEIS answered a written question on what steps the Government is taking to ensure the protection of the intellectual property of people in the creative industries in a new trade deal.
The full written answer can be found below:
Arts: Intellectual Property
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
29 June 2020
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the protection of the intellectual property of people in the creative industries in the event that a UK EU trade agreement is (a) agreed and (b) not agreed after the end of the transition period.
Amanda Solloway: The Government’s approach to negotiations between the UK and the EU aims to secure an Intellectual Property Chapter that includes mutual assurances to maintain high standards of protection for IP rights, including registered IP rights such as patents, trademarks and designs; and unregistered rights such as copyright, and trade secrets. The approach also reflects international agreements such as the WTO agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property and World Intellectual Property Organisation treaties.
If no further negotiated agreement is reached between the UK and the EU, the arrangements in the intellectual property section of the Withdrawal Agreement take effect at the end of the transition period. These arrangements provide legal certainty and protect the interests of rightsholders and users of the IP framework.