International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

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The government of the United Kingdom, as well as the EU seeks to ensure through international treaties to provide effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights. An Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Japan, Canada, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Morocco, the United Mexican States, New Zealand, the Swiss Confederation, Republic of Singapore and the United States of America on the protection of Intellectual Property Rights has been drafted; it is called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), as seen under Appendix A. Several countries within the European Parliament have expressed and share actually concerns in regard of lack of transparency of the state of negotiations on the ACTA. This report has the purpose to provide an actual overview of the legislative situation within the United Kingdom, background of the C & P (Counterfeiting and piracy) problem, the current multilateral situation, as well as the current status implications for businesses within the United Kingdom. Research for this report has been conducted within primary and secondary legislative research, based on relevant legal textbook argumentations, access of legislative documentation available from the government of the United Kingdom, as well as gathering all necessary information available from the internet, in order to provide the best information possible. Counterfeiting and Piracy is a worldwide problem, the trend is towards steady growth over the last 10 years according to the newest report from the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Economic Impact of Counterfeiting and Piracy .

Figure 1 – Constantly Worldwide growing C & P problem

Data: OECD - Report Summary Economic Impact of Counterfeiting and Piracy 2008

If a United Kingdom based company has a new product idea, it is understandable, that the company wants to claim ownership rights for the invention according to the United...
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