On 14 May 2014 the Intellectual Property Act 2014 received Royal Assent. The main purpose of the Act is to modernise certain aspects of the law relating to intellectual property, making it clearer and more accessible. It is hoped that this will increase legal certainty for all. The Act makes amendments to, amongst others, the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the Patents Act 1977 and the Registered Designs Act 1949.

The bill passed through Parliament in a relatively quick and straightforward manner – the content of the Act is substantially unchanged from when it had its second reading in the House of Lords. Our previous article discusses the main aspects of the Act. Standout aspects of the Act include implementing the (European) Unified Patent Court Agreement, making it a criminal offence to intentionally copy a registered design, clarifying what is covered by UK unregistered design right and the introduction of a new UKIPO opinions service for UK registered designs.

Full text of the Act can be found on the UK Government's legislation portal.