The world of IP

The world of IP is rapidly changing.  Nowadays we live in an IP driven economy. This section headlines particular items which we believe merit your attention, news items not only from the United Kingdom but from jurisdictions worldwide.  For a more in-depth analyis of some of these items, please click on the Hot Topics section of the site. And, of course, please contact us if there is any matter on which you would like our view or analysis!



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Intellectual Property Act 2014 comes into force...

1 October 2014


1October 2014 was an important day in the world of UK Intellectual Property (IP) with significant changes to IP law and practice coming into force. The changes include implementing the provisions of the Intellectual Property Act 2014 which received royal assent earlier this year and a number of measures to modernise copyright law.

According to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Act will help to simplify and strengthen protection for the UK designs industry and will be worth more than £15 billion to the UK economy.

The IP Act also prompted amendments to copyright law and on 1 October 2014, three new copyright exceptions came into force:

1. Making personal copies of copyright work for private use;

2. Use of copyright work for parody, caricature and pastiche;

3. Use of quotations for copyright work.


The reforms to copyright exceptions are said to contribute £500 million to the UK economy over the next 10 years. A fuller review will be found in our Hot Topic.

The UK IPO has provided plenty of guidance relating to the new measures which can be found on their website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/1-october-2014-changes-to-design-and-patent-law







United Kingdom and Germany Seek to Resolve Dispute on Patent Box Tax Breaks...

29 October 2014


Reuters News Agency has reported that the finance ministers of Germany and Great Britian expect an agreement to be reached to settle the dispute on the Patent Box tax breaks at the forthcoming G20 meeting in Brisbane.

The dispute relates as to whether the Patent Box is skewing where firms operate within the single market of the European Union.  Great Britain operates the patent Box, Germany does not. Other countries are looking to adopt the scheme, which reduces tax on corporate profits generated from research protected by patents.

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