To reform the law on unjustified threats of legal action for patents, trade marks and design rights by making sure that the rights holder focuses their allegations on a specific part of their rival’s supply chain
To exempt lawyers from liability for making threats, if they are acting in their professional capacity on behalf of a client
To make it easier for businesses to settle intellectual property disputes and avoid litigation
This would help entrepreneurs feel confident to innovate, patent new ideas and set up and expand a business.
It would also protect businesses against the misuse of threats to intimidate or gain an unfair commercial advantage.
Greg Clark MP and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are in charge here.
If lawyers are exempt from liability, it is questionable how much this Bill will limit legal action over intellectual property.
How to get involved
Speak to your MP.
If I don’t act, will it go through?
This is a Government Bill so it is very likely to go to through.