A Closer Look at the IP Act 2014
The Intellectual Property Act received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014.
Commenting on the provisions impacting on designs, Antony said;
“The Act has done some helpful tidying up in removing a number of anomalies between UK and European design legislation and between copyright and design right. But many of those changes are at a relatively technical level and are unlikely to produce the major impact which has been forecast. Recent court decisions such as Karen Millen v Dunnes are likely to be of greater significance for industry.
With a number of interlocking rights, design law is still complex and not fully understood by many of those who could benefit most from it. A more fundamental simplification at some point would be welcome."
Turning to the provisions relating to patents, Martyn added;
“What is significant about the Act is that it brings the UK one step closer to implementing the Unified Patent Court, which (if introduced) will have a significant impact on all owners of European patents (see our pages on the Unitary Patent). If the Unified Patent Court is created, rather than simplifying the IP framework, it will introduce further complexity and potentially cost to the patent system in Europe”.
We will discuss the IP Act 2014 further as it is implemented.