Design and patent law changes in IP bill near royal assent
The Intellectual Property Bill, which makes provision for the unitary patent and deals with a number of design law issues, completed the final stages of its passage through the House of Commons on 12 March.
The debate on the design aspects was lively, with a last-ditch attempt to introduce an amendment to the criminal provisions to cover unregistered design right (which was later withdrawn). As the bill was started in the House of Lords (as Viscount Younger of Leckie, the minister for intellectual property, sits in the Lords), the bill is almost there. The final stage is so-called ‘Ping Pong‘, where the amendments introduced by the Commons are referred back to the Lords for consideration. If they are agreed, the bill will be given royal assent.
Although there is still a chance that the bill will be amended to a certain extent, the key provisions are now known…
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