United Kingdom: Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/265)

January 1, 2021

United Kingdom: The Intellectual Property (Exhaustion of Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/265) were issued pursuant to section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and amended by the Intellectual Property (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.

The Regulations entered into force on December 31, 2020, and apply from January 1, 2021. The Regulations amend the following legislation:

(i) Registered Designs Act 1949 (Chapter 88);

(ii) The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 (S.I. 1997/3032);

(iii) The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Chapter 48);

(iv) The Design Right (Semiconductor Topographies) Regulations 1989 (S.I. 1989/1100); and

(v) Trade Marks Act 1994 (Chapter 26).

This legislation inter alia makes modifications and amendments to retained European Union law to ensure that the question of whether a good has been lawfully placed on the market for the purposes of the exhaustion of intellectual property rights continues to be assessed in relation to the United Kingdom.