The Third Reading is the final chance to amend the
Bill in the House of Lords. It will probably be debated in
the House of Commons later this year.
The Bill has already been discussed in committee and various
amendments have been proposed. Many of these were discussed and
voted on during a
three-hour debate in the House of Lords last week.
Clause 13 on design infringement is the most
controversial aspect of the Bill as it proposes introducing
criminal penalties for some infringements of registered
designs. The proposal is supported by
ACID but opposed by many IP practitioners.
CIPA wants the clause changed to include the word
"deliberate" and the IP
Federation has also written a letter challenging the
Bill also includes measures to enable the UK to join the
Hague Agreement, introduces an opinions services for designs
and makes changes necessary for the UK to join the EU Unified
Patent Court. There are various other minor amendments to
copyright, design and patent law.
Third Reading will begin some time after 11am UK time. You
and listen online.
Managing IP will provide live updates on the debate on twitter.
The transcript of the debate is expected to be online