UK Floats Criminal Penalties For Design Counterfeiting

Law360, New York (May 10, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT) -- A new U.K. intellectual property bill would introduce prison sentences for those convicted of counterfeiting registered designs, in a move U.K. ministers say adds needed protections for the country’s growing design sector and streamlines already-existing intellectual property laws.

The Intellectual Property Bill, tabled Friday by U.K. Intellectual Property Minister James Younger, would extend criminal penalties for the deliberate copying, importing or marketing of designed that have been registered with U.S. and EU intellectual property regulators, according to the bill.

The law is designed to provide designers...
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