Intellectual Property Infringement in the Workplace
The National Intellectual Property Crime Group has published a guide to help businesses identify and combat intellectual property infringement in the work place.
The National Intellectual Property Crime Group has published a guide for businesses with the aim of combating intellectual property (IP) infringement in the work place. Intellectual property infringement includes unauthorised use of copyright, trade marks or patents.
Employers can be held vicariously liable for intellectual property infringements by employees and face civil and/or criminal proceedings , and reputational risks, for infringing the IP rights of others.
In order to protect your business and avoid serious legal and security risks, the new guide explains why a business should:
• understand how IP rights infringements can occur;
• have a strategy in place for avoiding them; and
• know how to address problems if they arise.
The guide is available here
The National IP Crime Group has identified prevention of infringements relating to the London 2012 Olympics as one of their key targets for the year ahead.
For further information or advice on intellectual property issues, contact Vaughan Jones or Caroline Redhead.
About the author
Vaughan Jones is Partnership Chair and a specialist in corporate law.