|As I have written over the past few weeks, it is important that your business is ready for the end of the transition period on December 31 which is 50 days away. In this week’s letter I want to focus on Intellectual Property rules.
In just 50 days there will be changes to how the Intellectual Property (IP) system and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will operate. These changes will affect:
You can find out more information about all of these changes in this news story from the IPO.
Help is available to ensure your business is ready. I urge you to:
If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted. You can find out what other actions you may need to take by using the checker tool at gov.uk/transition and signing up for business readiness updates.
I know this is a tough time for many businesses as we continue to face the challenges posed by coronavirus. I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all you are doing to combat those challenges and in helping to ensure a smooth end to the transition period. The Government is determined to help you take advantage of the new opportunities that being an independent trading nation will bring.
Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy