Clause 13 - Offence of unauthorised copying etc. of design in course of business

Part of Intellectual Property Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 30th January 2014.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science) 12:00 pm, 30th January 2014

The two lines of criticism that we face are interesting. We have just heard from the right hon. Gentleman, who was himself a BIS Minister with responsibility for IP, about his concern that adding intention is too tight a requirement. He is worried that  we are making the hurdle too high. The purpose of the argument of the hon. Member for Hartlepool, the Opposition spokesman, however, seemed to be to raise the hurdle even higher. The fact that the two Opposition contributions have taken different lines of attack on our provisions suggests that, in the delicate balance we have had to strike on exactly how high the hurdle should be, we have got it about right. We have found a middle way between the two wings of the Labour party represented in the Committee Room.