Intellectual Property

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 30th October 2017.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Intellectual Property Office plans to publish its recommendations on registered and unregistered designs infringement.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

Holding answer received on 26 October 2017

UK design law was reviewed in 2011-13, following the publication of Ian Hargreaves’ review Digital Opportunity: a review of intellectual property and growth. Intentional copying of a registered design was made a criminal offence by the Intellectual Property Act 2014.

The Government has no current plans to review the law on registered and unregistered designs infringement.

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