IPO consultation on amending the Patents Act 1977 to provide for online patent document inspection
20 April 2011
The IP Federation has submitted a response to the Intellectual Property Office's formal consultation concerning proposals to amend the Patents Act 1977 by regulation, to provide for online patent document inspection. Under the proposals, a new section 118A will be introduced into the Act to provide that any copyright in documents made available for inspection under section 118(1) is not infringed by making the documents available to the public by electronic transmission in such a way that the documents may be accessed by members of the public, from a place and at a time individually chosen by them, or by copying the documents for facilitating their being made available in this way.
The IP Federation strongly supports efforts to provide for online file inspection. While we have no objection to the proposal to introduce regulations amending the Patents Act 1977, we consider that more general provision should be made in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.
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