The new Intellectual Property Act 2014 — guidance for designers and those commissioning designs

By Laura Harper

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 received royal assent on 14 May 2014. The act will come into force between October 2014 and the end of 2015.

Stemming from the Hargreaves Review on intellectual property reform, the act seeks to modernise and simplify certain aspects of intellectual property law including the law relating to designs, in order to promote innovation.

Consequently, if product design, 3D printing, fashion design, furniture or jewellery design are relevant to your business, then these changes will be relevant to you…

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