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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Chapter 48)

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Year of current version:1988
Date of Text (Enacted):November 15, 1988
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Designs, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Patents (Inventions), Traditional Cultural Expressions, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, inter alia, restates the law of copyright (Sections 1-152) and makes provision as to the rights of performers (Sections 180-212); sets up special county courts to deal with patents and design matters (Sections 246-252 & 287-292); emphasizes the precedence of the operation of any rule of equity relating to breaches of trust or confidence (Section 171(1)); and provides protection for expressions of folklore (Section 169).
The Act amends the Registered Designs Act 1949 and confers a design right in original designs. Schedule 4 of the Act restates the Registered Designs Act 1949 (as amended).

Date of entry into force: See Article 305 for further details.
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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Chapter 48) Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Chapter 48), Complete document (pdf) [1566 KB] Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Chapter 48), Complete document (htm) [1121 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

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Loi de 1988 sur le droit d'auteur, les dessins et modèles et les brevets (chapitre 48) Loi de 1988 sur le droit d'auteur, les dessins et modèles et les brevets (chapitre 48), Complete document (pdf) [863 KB]

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WIPO Lex No.:GB019

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