The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) has recently released a statement regarding the negotiations concerning the exit of the United Kingdom with regard to intellectual property rights, particularly geographical indications, trade marks and designs. 

In its statement ECTA draws the attention of the European Commission Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU on several points, in particular, the continued protection of Geographical Indications and similar rights in the UK, and how EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs (RCDs) should continue to be protected in the UK post-Brexit.

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