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Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill- the responses

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 20 May 2016

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Following the introduction of the new IP Bill focusing on unjustified threats earlier this week, there have been a number of opinions given by leading figures in UK IP.

The first being Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the Minister for Intellectual Property. The Baroness took a vital role in the development of this bill and made comment on it following its introduction on the 19th May 2016.

Speaking to the UK Intellectual Property Office, she said:

“Getting the IP framework right is essential. For too long the law surrounding unjustified threats has resulted in uncertainty and costly litigation. This Bill will bring greater consistency on IP rights, and make life easier for all involved. Together with the measures in the Digital Economy Bill on online penalties and web marking we will take a step forward in making the UK the best place to do business from an intellectual property perspective.”

In addition to the Baroness, key figures from specific organisations that will be directly affected by the reforms have also made clear their views. Tony Rollins, President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, has expressed his views and sees the change as a positive one. He said:

“We welcome the government’s efforts to reform the law of unjustified threats and applaud the work carried out by the Law Commission in reviewing and consulting on how to amend the relevant provisions. While this will still remain a complex legal area, it is a huge step forward to seek to harmonise the threats provisions across different IP rights. We are particularly pleased with the introduction of a safe harbour provision for legal practitioners.

It is essential that this area of the law is reformed before the introduction of the Unified Patents Court. The government were right not to rush through the reforms before they were ready and we welcome the introduction of the Bill.”

Whether this positive outlook is the right one to have will become apparent as the bill develops through Parliament.

For more information about the Bill or guidance on any IP issues, please contact Lawdit Solicitors for expert advice tailored to you.

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