The Intellectual Property Act 2014
Document No: PUB 20A/14
Following a huge amount of debate and controversy, the Intellectual Property Bill 2013–14 finally received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. The majority of the provisions of the new Act came into force on 1 October 2014, including the ones which make the most difference to those of us practising in the field of IP. They are, inevitably, the introduction of new criminal sanctions for certain types of infringement of registered designs and the definition of those qualifying for UK unregistered design right. The IP Federation was heavily involved in lobbying activities which led to satisfactory amendments being made to the wording of the relevant provisions being considered by the House of Commons during January and March.