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IP (Unjustified Threats) Bill 27/05/2016 The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill was introduced into Parliament last week by Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

IP (Unjustified Threats) Bill

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill was introduced into Parliament last week by Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), Baroness Neville-Rolfe. The Bill is designed to provide greater clarity for right holders and third parties that become involved in IP disputes.

Changes introduced by the Bill will help create an IP environment that favours negotiation and settlement rather than litigation.

The Bill proposes changes that will reform the law relating to unjustified threats of IP infringement. This will help innovative businesses negotiate over disputes and avoid litigation. It will also help to clarify the existing provisions, making them more consistent across the relevant IP rights - patents, trademarks and designs. It will enable them to achieve the necessary balance, which is to allow rights holders to protect their assets, but not to abuse threats to sue for IP infringement.

Key elements of the Bill include:

  • providing a clearer framework within which disputing parties and their professional advisers can operate to resolve disputes with a view to avoiding litigation
  • protecting retailers, suppliers and customers against unjustified threats
  • bringing the law for trademarks and designs into line with that for patents by allowing a rights holder to challenge someone who is a primary actor without fear of facing a groundless threats action
  • protecting professional advisers from facing personal legal action for making threats when they act for their clients
  • making the necessary changes to threats law so that the protection against unjustified threats can apply to European patents that will come within the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court.

The draft Bill can be found here and more details are available here

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