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UK Intellectual Property Unjustified Threats Bill

26 October 2017

This Update is in reference to Deborah’s earlier article on the Unjustified Threats Bill, which had been passed to Royal Assent back in April and has now become an act of law.
This now means greater protection for businesses and individuals against the misuse of threats to intimidate or gain an unfair commercial advantage, in addition to making it easier for the parties involved in an IP infringement dispute to negotiate a settlement and avoid litigation. Moreover, the Bill relates to patents, designs and trade marks, and so will bring consistency across these aspects of IP in relation to unjustified threats.
 

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