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 11:30 am on 30th January 2014.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science) 11:30 am, 30th January 2014

The legislation covers offences committed in this country. If the offence is in this country, the exact, ultimate ownership or location of the headquarters of the company is not the issue. The criminal sanction will apply where copying takes place within the UK or where the copied products are offered, put on the market, imported, exported or used within the UK. The offence has to happen in the UK, but the perpetrator could have his or her original purpose anywhere in the world.