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Intellectual Property

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL11483, tabled on 15 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing criminal provisions for intentional unregistered design infringement.

Answered on

23 December 2020

The Government has considered this issue in detail in recent years. There were - and continue to be - mixed views on criminal sanctions for unregistered designs, and many design-intensive industries have argued against their introduction.

Taking account of all views, the Government remains of the view that it is not appropriate to extend criminal penalties to unregistered designs.