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 Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 12:00 pm, 30th January 2014

The example I have provided was iPads from Apple, Galaxy tablets from Samsung and Carphone Warehouse. As the judge said in that case, the iPads and tablets look similar when they are sitting on the table, so would Carphone Warehouse and other retailers not say, “They look far too similar. I am going to be very risk averse in my business operations,” and thereby restrict choice? Surely there will be a reduction in innovation and consumer choice as a result of what the Minister is saying.