Barrister Jeremy Phillips, co editor of IPKat a global IP stakeholders blog commenting on ACID’s submission to the Ministry of Justice on the lack of appropriate damages for IP theft said, “The IPKat considers ACID to be a valuable barometer measuring the pressures faced by small IP owners and the extent to which the law can assist and protect them. Cases involving ACID members won’t generally be the big ones that hit the headlines and get reported in the law reports; nor will its members’ disputes usually be the sort of affair in which IP monopoly interests are pitched against economic issues such as the need to ensure the free movement of goods and to preserve a level of competition for the good of consumers – but this is precisely why ACID’s perception that existing levels of damages are inadequate is not important for the government to take into account”.

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