Date: 2 December 2014
By David Musker
David Musker's article 'Design Crime: Back to the future or forwards to the past?' has been published by the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.
The article looks at how the Intellectual Property Act 2014 has controversially created new criminal offences, meaning that magistrates will now find themselves dealing with design infringements.
This is not, however, the first time: the magistrates' courts also had jurisdiction over registered design piracy between 1842 and 1883, and many of the concerns recently raised during passage of the Intellectual Property Act were played out before them.
This article examines some of the cases as reported through the eyes of the Victorian press.
Design crime: back to the future or forwards to the past?
Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2014 9 (12): 976-985doi: 10.1093/jiplp/jpu163