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 current wording.
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.
Today’s Third Reading will begin some time after 11am UK time. You can watch and listen online.
Managing IP will provide live updates on the debate on twitter.
The transcript of the debate is expected to be online tomorrow.