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IP/IT update

Susan Singleton considers the changes to ownership of IP rights under the new Intellectual Property Act 2014

10 September 2014

Few fields have as many changes as IP/IT law, given the importance of social media, the internet and cyberspace both to businesses and individuals. Since May’s IT/IP update, there has been the usual round of court decisions in relation to all four intellectual property rights, too numerous to cover here.

This article concentrates on the issue of ownership of IP rights under the new IP Act, which is an issue that arises for solicitors all the time. Far too many clients believe if they pay for work to be done for them, they will automatically own the IP rights in the product. In fact, the converse is true, unless there is an agreement to the contrary.

Ownership rights

A new Intellectual Property Act 2014 has
received royal assent and, among other changes, it addresses the issue of ownership of rights.
The ba...

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