Design copyright reform: the Hargreaves process bears further fruit?
In all the excitement about the (not very significant) changes to digital copyright law brought about by the Hargreaves process, commercially significant changes to UK design law have been overlooked. UK design law, which is highly confusing even to experts, did not originally form part of Hargreaves’ brief; however he felt that it could not be ignored and therefore published a recommendation that further work be carried out with a view to modernising it. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) did carry out such work and has now produced an impact assessment that will lead to the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright and Designs Act and Patent Act of 1988.
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