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Law Commission to review IP threats provisions

21 May 2012

Protecting intellectual property rights requires a balance between those who seek to safeguard their IP rights and those who receive groundless threats. These claims take different forms, those with no basis for the allegation and those where there is no legitimate intention to litigate. These types of actions are becoming more prevalent.

There have been many complaints over the consistency and complexities of the system in the UK which deal with these allegations and threats. In order to consider these issues the Law Commission is proposing a three month consultation review of the legislation which covers groundless threats in the UK. It runs from February 2013 with a final report to be presented by March 2014.

It will look at whether the legislation needs repealing, reforming or extending; this will cover patents, trade marks and design rights. It will not, however, cover copyright.

Those with views are encouraged to take part in the consultation and help the Commission carry out this long awaited review.

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