The Intellectual Property Bill has passed through the Commons and now awaits royal assent. Although much attention has focused on clause 13 of the Bill which will create a new offence of unauthorized copying of a registered or registered Community design in the course of business the legislation makes a number of useful changes to registered and unregistered designs and patents law.
I have written a number of articles on the Bill for this blog:
- "The Intellectual Property Bill" 26 May 2013
- "Correspondence with my MP on Clause 13 of the Intellectual Property Bill" 29 May 2013, and
- "Clause 13 of the Intellectual Property Bill will probably go through. What next?" 20 Dec 2013.
I also made written submissions on the Bill as it passed through committee in the House of Commons.
My colleague, Thomas Dillon, has also analysed the Bill though he has tended to welcome clause 13 (see Thomas Dillon "UK: Intellectual Property Bill" 28 May 2013 4-5 IP/Tech blog).
On the 19 May 2014 my colleague, Alexander Rozycki, and I will lead a seminar on the Bill. I will present an introduction and overview tracing the legislative history from the Hargreaves review and outlining the main provisions. Alex, who specializes in IP crime, will analyse clause 13, the probanda for criminal liability, defences and countermeasures and will compare this clause with similar provisions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Trade Marks Act 1994. I will conclude by discussing the procedural reforms such as extending the IPO opinions service to designs and other patent issues, introducing the appointed person into design registration appeals and, of course, the Unified Patent Court.
We make no charge for attending this seminar but you must reserve your place in good time as we have already had our first booking. You can book through the link above or call George on 020 7404 5252. The seminar will start at 16:00 and will last for 2 hours with a break for refreshments. CPD points for the SRA and BSB will be available. nline Ticketing for The Intellectual Property Bill powered by Eventbrite