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Video replay: Intellectual Property rights post-Brexit and member benefits to help

03 Mar 2021

IP post brexit NAJ

Our February NAJ Live virtual event brought in expert opinion on how Brexit impacted the Intellectual Property rights of UK businesses.

The NAJ Live featured presentations by Stephen Welfare and Charlotte Ebbutt of Royds Withy King and Steve Charles of Quest, which were followed by the networking ‘bubbles’ led by Garry Lane, NAJ Partnerships Manager.

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In the first presentation, Stephen Welfare and Charlotte Ebbutt covered in detail various aspects of IP, including:

  • Changes to IP law
  • Effect of Brexit on UK rights
  • Trademark principles
  • Designs Law
  • Clearance searches
  • Trademark Application Process (UK)
  • UK Design Right Application Process
  • Madrid Protocol.

What drew particular interest was the UK Design Right application process, as illustrated by the slide below.

uk design right application process

Stephen and Charlotte concluded their presentation by going over an important resource available for NAJ members, the NAJ/BTAA COPYWATCH® Scheme.

Our team has a genuine interest and expertise in the jewellery and luxury good sector. We operate the intellectual property rights scheme COPYWATCH® for the NAJ and BTAA, and it allows us to get to grips with the nature, model and spirit of your business. The work we do spans from advising small and growing businesses on their agency and distribution agreements through to domestic and multi-state litigation cases defending the intellectual property rights of global brands.

Services are tailored to your needs and include:

  • registering, monitoring and licensing trade marks
  • trade mark oppositions and passing off actions
  • managing trade mark portfolios
  • identifying and protecting intellectual property - including trade marks, patents, design and confidential information
  • design and copyright infringement
  • retail space advice whether you are purchasing, leasing or sub-letting
  • supplier and technology agreements
  • employment law advice.

Download COPYWATCH® guide

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 Steve Charles presented and introduction to NAJ’s ‘Four Services’ available to all members.

Steve is the Head of Business Partnerships at Quest and is responsible for developing partnerships with trade associations, chambers of commerce and professional organisations across the UK. Prior to joining Quest, Steve enjoyed many productive years working within the Chamber network, six with Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber followed by four with what is now East Midlands Chamber so has extensive experience supporting businesses of all sizes.

The four services covered are:

  • The HR Service
  • The Health & Safety Service
  • The Legal Service
  • The Tax Service

four services naj members

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What are NAJ Lives?

The NAJ Live ‘with bubbles’ is a simple format of presentations from 3 industry experts, introduced and questioned by a knowledgeable guest host. The presentations are then followed up with a chance to see and hear from others on the call through ‘a bubble’ discussion; a structured video conference call hosted by an NAJ representative and one of the guest speakers.

When’s the next NAJ Live?

Digital NAJ Lives with bubbles take place on the last Thursday of the month, starting at 10am and moving into bubble discussions at midday. Members can register as many employees to view and replay the webinars as they see fit, although it’s important to note you can only participate in the bubbles on the day (and to be entered into the prize draw for the bottle of champagne!).

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Source: The National Association of Jewellers