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Digital Economy Bill and its impact on IP

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 08 July 2016

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Announced this week by the UK Intellectual Property Office, a new bill has been introduced to Parliament that can have an impact on IP as we know it.

As part of a push to make the UK the most digital nation across the globe, the Digital Economy Bill has been introduced.

As the world is built on technology, this will allow the UK to be at the edge of all cutting edge innovation.

Amongst other objectives, the new bill will enable the right to fast broadband as well as the introduction of compensation awards when there is a failure to deliver from telecoms companies. There will also be tougher penalties introduced for nuisance callers.

From an IP stance, the new bill also will have an effect on how IP interacts with technology, which is what the whole basis of intellectual property is based on.

Key changes include the increasing of sentences options for online copyright infringement. This will lead to more of a matching system to that in relation to physical infringement.

Also the new bill will enable registered design owners to give notice of their rights in a more time and cost effective way.

Speaking about the bill, Baroness Neville Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, said:

“I am very pleased that the Digital Economy Bill has been introduced today. It includes a number of major intellectual property measures that will help boost our creative industries and protect their hard work.

This government is beginning to deliver on its manifesto commitment to make the UK the best place in Europe to set up a business, innovate and, patent.”

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