Five Practical Things You Need to Know About the New Groundless Threats Rules
The much awaited Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 came into force at the start of this month. Only time will tell if the changes will redress the balance between IP rights holders being able to responsibly assert their rights and business being disrupted through issue of unjustified threats of infringement. I very much hope that we will be better able to intimate concerns regarding IP infringement and engage in sensible discussions to reach a resolution without fear of our client (or us!) being sued for groundless threats. There has been much said about the new law, in this briefing note I summarise five key points which now need to be considered.
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