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Intellectual Property Act 2014

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Overview of the Structure of the Act

  4. Territorial Extent and Application

  5. Commentary

    1. Part 1: DESIGNS

      1. Section 1: Unregistered designs: meaning of “design” and “original”.

      2. Section 2: Ownership of unregistered designs

      3. Section 3: Qualification criteria for unregistered designs

      4. Section 4: Infringement of unregistered designs: exceptions

      5. Section 5: Registered Community design – infringement exception

      6. Section 6: UK Registered designs – Ownership of design and application for registration

      7. Section 7: UK Registered designs – Right of prior use

      8. Section 8: UK registered designs – Accession to the Hague Agreement

      9. Section 9: UK Registered design – The Register: changes of ownership and inspection of documents

      10. Section 10: UK Registered designs – Legal proceedings and appeals

      11. Section 11: UK Registered Designs - Opinions service

      12. Section 12: UK Registered designs – Use of directions by the registrar

      13. Section 13: UK Registered designs – Offence of unauthorised copying etc. of design in course of business

      14. Section 14: UK Registered designs – Offences committed by partnerships

    2. Part 2: Patents

      1. Section 15: Infringement: marking products with an internet link

      2. Section 16: Opinions service

      3. Section 17: Unified Patent Court

      4. Section 18: Sharing information with overseas patent offices

      5. Section 19: Minor amendments to the Patents Act 1977

      6. Schedule: minor amendments to the Patents Act 1977

        1. Paragraph 1: Patent applications in or for WTO members

        2. Paragraph 2: Assertion of third party rights where application terminated

        3. Paragraph 3: Adjustment of certain time periods to anniversary date model

        4. Paragraph 4: References to “counsel”

        5. Paragraph 6: European patent (UK): payment of renewal fee following restoration

    3. Part 3: Miscellaneous

      1. Section 20: Freedom of Information: exemption for research

      2. Section 21: Reporting Duty

      3. Section 22: Recognition of Foreign Copyright Works and Performances

  6. Commencement

  7. Hansard Reference

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