IP annual round-up: reviewing 2017 and previewing 2018
IP annual round-up: reviewing 2017 and previewing 2018

The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • IP annual round-up: reviewing 2017 and previewing 2018
  • Reviewing 2017
  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • IP disputes
  • Previewing 2018
  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • more

This year’s annual round-up reviews some of the most significant developments of 2017 and previews what is on the horizon for 2018. This includes the new copyright infringement and webmarking provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2017, reforms to the EU Trade Mark Regulation, the Supreme Court judgment on patent infringement in Actavis v Eli Lilly, the new threats provisions introduced by the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 and the launch of the Business and Property Courts—which includes an intellectual property list. Also included are updates on LexisNexis®’s content, including newsworthy developments from the past year and what is coming up in the next 12 months.

Reviewing 2017

Copyright

What happened?

Some provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (DEA 2017) relating to copyright infringement came into force on 1 October 2017 and in relation to the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988) on 28 July 2016, the ‘sell period’ ended on 28 January 2017. The Court of Justice also handed down judgment in Stichting Brein v Ziggo BV, XS4ALL Internet BV, Case C-610/15.

What are the key implications?

DEA 2017, s 32 increases the maximum sentence for online copyright infringement and infringement of a performer’s making available right under CDPA 1988 from two to ten years, bringing them in