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UK IP Act comes into force

3 October 2014

1 October 2014 sees the introduction of a number of changes to design and copyright law as the Intellectual Property Act 2014 comes into force.

The most noteworthy of these changes is the introduction of criminal sanctions for copying registered designs, to deter flagrant copying. Also of particular importance is the change to the provisions regarding ownership of UK registered and unregistered designs. Commissioned designs will now be the property of the designer and not the commissioner as was the case in the previous law.

For more details of these changes and the other changes brought in with the Intellectual Property Act 2014, can be found in our article.


This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

© Withers & Rogers LLP, October 2014