Code & Conduit Podcast: Brexit’s Curve Ball for the E.U.’s Unified Patent Court, Data Protection Regimes



In the latest episode of Bloomberg BNA's Code & Conduit podcast, we dive into the uncertainties brought on by the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union  when it comes to E.U.-wide efforts to streamline patent litigation and data protection regimes. 

It’s expected to take a couple of years for the U.K. to negotiate a formal exit from the E.U.

Still, the exit vote throws a wrench into a 40-year E.U. effort to create a Unified Patent Court.

Bloomberg BNA's Peter Leung fills us in on some of the details, including what might happen for a specialist patent court that was expected to be seated in London, but whose future looks less certain at the moment.

In the second part of the program, George Lynch details compliance questions major companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Microsoft Corp. will face when the E.U.'s recently approved General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect two years from now--around the same time the U.K. might actually leave the European Union -- and its streamlined approach to protecting E.U. residents' personal data transmitted online.

You can read more of Peter and George’s reporting on our privacy and data security blog, our intellectual property blog or on Bloomberg Law. If you liked what you heard in the podcast, sign up for a free trial of Bloomberg BNA’s legal and regulatory news and content.

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