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Trading Standards Are Watching You

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The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (Commencement No 14) Order 2007 has given effect to changes in the enforcement of copyright.

Changes in this area of law were promised over thirteen years ago in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

As from April 6, 2007, Trading Standards Officers have been given the powers and duties under s107A and 198A. Trading Standards will also be able to enforce copyright offences. They will be able to make test purchases to see if the article is an infringing copy and to enter premises to inspect and seize infringing articles. Trying to obstruct Trading Standards will be an offence.

Malcolm Wicks, the Trade and Industry Minister has announced that, "From 6 April there will be an additional 4,500 pairs of Trading Standard eyes watching counterfeiters and pirates. This may mean more surprise raids and market boot sales, more intelligence, more prosecutions and more criminals locked up. Intellectual Property criminals should know that the UK is not a safe place.

Counterfeiters, be warned!


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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.



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