London
03 July 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

UKIPO releases IP Act guidance


The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued business guidance on the recently passed IP (Unjustified Threats) Act.

The guidance aims to clarify the legislative changes in the act and the benefits it can provide for businesses.

Previous law in the UK placed restrictions on what can be said out of court to settle disputes, with the possibility of an IP owner facing damages for “unjustified threats”. Professional advisers in the case could also be held liable.

The new law clarifies the type of communications that are permitted between parties involved in a dispute over IP infringement and makes it easier to resolve disputes.

It also prevents the misuse of threats to intimidate or gain an unfair advantage in circumstances where no infringement has actually occurred, while providing a clear framework for businesses and their professional advisors to resolve disputes.

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