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EU business: data protection and copyright

Find out what EU businesses need to do with data protection, intellectual property and copyright in the UK from 1 January 2021.

For more information on what EU businesses need to do to prepare for 1 January 2021, visit

Transferring personal data to the UK

Check the guidance of your local data protection regulator to ensure you are prepared on data protection and data transfers.

Your business may need to make some changes to allow you to continue to share personal data with businesses or other organisations in the UK.

Prepare now so that you can continue to send personal data legally from 1 January 2021.

Changes to EU cross-border copyright mechanisms may impact your business. Make sure you have the right permissions from 1 January 2021.

Check changes to copyright law from 1 January 2021.

You may not have protection for unregistered designs if you do not disclose your designs correctly.

Check the new rules for unregistered design protection in the UK and EU from 1 January 2021.

Intellectual property

If you export Intellectual Property protected goods, check the new rules for parallel exporting. You may need to contact the rights holder to get permission to continue after 1 January 2021.

You should check the new rules for registered address requirements for intellectual property rights in the UK from 1 January 2021.

Find out more about the rules on intellectual property