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23 July 2014
Yorkshire IP Newsletter
No. 2

The Media Centre
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From the Senior Clerk

Dear Reader,

As you can see, our IP, Technology and Media Law Group has grown considerably since I last wrote to you. We now have a much larger team of IP practitioners headed by Robert Griffiths QC.

We can now offer you a much wider range of services including 
  • arbitration, mediation and other ADR services for IP disputes (see "Our IP Dispute Resolution Team" 28 Dec 2013) and
  • advice and representation on IP crime (prosecutions under the criminal provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Trade Marks Act 1994 and from October 2014 the Registered Designs Act 1949).
We continue to advise on IP strategy. We draft and review licences, assignments, contracts, standard terms of business and other legal instruments. Above all, we provide representation before the courts, the IPO and other tribunals in relation to IP, technology, telecommunications, media and competition matters.

If we can be of any assistance please call me on 020 7404 5252 or fill in our contact form.

Yours sincerely,

Senior Clerk
Intellectual Property Act 
The Intellectual Property Act 2014 received royal assent on the 14 May 2014 and its main provisions will come into effect in October. It will make important changes to patent, registered design and unregistered designs law. We have followed the Bill through Parliament and made submissions on its provisions at various stages.

For an overview of the legislation with links to our other resources see Jane Lambert's article "Reflections on the Intellectual Property Act 2014".

On 19 May 2014 Jane Lambert and Alexander Rozycki gave a presentation on the Act.  Jane has also analysed in detail how the Act will affect:
Probably the most important provision is s.17 which enables the Secretary of State to implement the agreement on the Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent legislation. In Unified Patent Court Consultation Jane Lambert discusses the draft of the statutory instrument which will carry those measures into effect.
How to cope with a Search Order, Freezing or other "Without Notice" Injunction
There can be few things more scary than being served with a court order freezing your bank account or requiring you to admit total strangers into your premises and allow them to search and copy documents or computer files for use in an action against you. If you refuse to comply you could be fined or even committed to prison. What do you do in those circumstances?  Read Jane Lambert'd step by step guide.

Watch your Language

Intellectual property differs from other areas of law in that intending claimants can themselves be sued for threatening legal action in certain circumstances. This prohibition applies to patent, registered and unregistered design and trade mark cases. Not only can you get into trouble but so too can your solicitors or patent or trade mark attorneys.  Jane Lambert has outlined the legislation in our Inventors' Club blog.

How's Yorkshire Doing?

Patent, Trade Mark and Design Registrations

Not very well according to the latest Intellectual Property Office figures. Yorkshire and the Humber came seventh among UK regions in the number of patent and trade mark applications and registrations and it was almost bottom in registered designs. 

Has Leeds lost its Lustre?

"Yes" according to The Lawyer. Leeds's leading firms have downsized and while there is talk of "rejuvenation plans brewing" these are very vague. The professional and financial services industries grew very quickly 20 years ago because of special circumstances that are unlikely to be repeated. But perhaps there is something that Leeds can do to regain its glory.

Tour de France gets by without Association Rights

One of the unqualified successes of the year was holding the first two stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. This is one of the biggest international sporting events after the Olympics and it was dependent in large measure on sponsorship. Despite the absence of association rights the organizers had no trouble in attracting financial support from British as well as French businesses. Glasgow also promises a very good Commonwealth Games without creating special intellectual property rights.

And Finally

One of the most important cultural institutions in Yorkshire is Northern Ballet. Last September the company held a breakfast meeting for local business leaders and professionals at which Mark Skipper listed the considerable contribution Northern Ballet makes to the economy as well as cultural life of Leeds. When the company toured China earlier this year it was accompanied by a business delegation from Leeds. However, the professional services community also participates in ballet. Last month Jane Lambert danced in Northern Ballet Academy's end of year show and had the time of her life. How did she do?  Read Mel Wong's review to find out.
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