UK's New IP Threat Law May Help Head Off Litigation
Law360, New York (May 9, 2017, 9:33 PM EDT) -- A new U.K. law setting guidelines on what intellectual property owners are permitted to say when threatening accused infringers with litigation will make it easier to advise clients and avoid litigation, attorneys say, while eliminating personal liability for lawyers who make "unjustified" threats.
The Intellectual Property Unjustified Threats Bill, which was formally approved by royal assent last month, amends a law that allows those accused of infringing intellectual property to sue for damages if threats are actually groundless. The changes are aimed at better establishing what types of threats are unjustified in an effort to facilitate negotiations and settlements.
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