The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022-2023 was introduced on 22 September 2022, with the aim of repealing, amending or revoking certain EU law that was retained on Brexit, by the end of 2023. The Bill has the potential to impact a wide range of UK intellectual property rights. In this article we summarize the impact of the Bill for UK intellectual property and what to expect next.
What has happened?
On 22 September 2022 the UK government introduced the Retained EU Law Bill 2022-2023 (the Bill”). The Bill reverses the presumption that EU law that was retained on Brexit under the EU Withdrawal Act will remain in force until repealed or amended, by setting a sunset date for certain retained EU law to expire. The sunset date is 31 December 2023 however it may be extended for specific legislation until 23 June 2026. The Bill also aims to make it easier for UK courts to depart from EU case law. Read more