Simcocks has prepared this briefing in response to the substantial updating of Manx IP law that has recently taken place or is in progress.
Many of the changes were introduced in 2013 by regulations issued under the European Communities (Isle of Man) Act 1973, consisting of the European Union (Intellectual Property) Order 2013, the Copyright Amendment Order 2013, the Performers’ Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2013, the Design Right (Amendment) Regulations 2013, the Database Right (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and (in relation to registered trade marks, patents and registered designs) UK Orders in Council (the Trade Marks (Isle of Man) Order 2013, the Patents (Isle of Man) Order 2013 and the Registered Designs (Isle of Man) Order 2013.
These regulations have resulted in the amendment of the Island’s Copyright Act 1991, Copyright (Amendment) Act 1999, Performers’ Protection Act 1996 and Design Rights Act 1991 as well as the updating of the application to the Island of UK legislation which in turn incorporates developments of EU law.
In addition, the Copyright Etc (Amendment) Act 2014 received royal assent on June 17 2014. When brought into effect by an Appointed Day Order, it will introduce changes recommended by the Department of Economic Development which could not be implemented under the 1973 Act and will make more straight forward the adoption of further developments of UK and EU intellectual property law which it may be desirable to apply in the Isle of Man.
Download the full article here: Isle of Man – Intellectual Property: Recent Developments and Modernisation