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This part of the site is up-to-date from 2004; relevant position papers prior to then are obtainable from the Secretariat.
G3 EBA referral amicus curiae
This written statement concerning case G3/08 forms amicus curiae brief under Article 10 of the Rules of Procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal following the referral of points of law concerning the patentability of software to the Enlarged Board of Appeal under Article 112(1)(b) EPC.
Gowers recommendations: Federation response: June 2007
Federation response to Gowers Recommendations in tabular format
Gowers Review of IP: call for evidence: April 2006
Response to Gowers Review of Intellectual Property
Gowers Review: Federation paper to consultation: January 2007
TMPDF response to Andrew Gowers Report of November 2006 on IP
Grace periods: October 2007
Federation comment in grace periods in response to ERA consultation
Hague convention: December 2005
Response to DCA consultation of October 2005 made Dec 2005 re: the Draft Convention on Exclusive Choice of Courts Agreements (Hague) - re: issue of ratification.
Hague convention: January 2005
Response to DCA consultation of Oct 2004 on the Draft Convention on Exclusive Choice of Courts Agreements (Hague), made January 2005.
Harmonisation of Substantive Patent Law
Plea for renewed efforts to find common ground for international agreement on a number of substantive aspects of patent law, including:
- the prior art to be considered in relation to novelty,
- the principle that the patent on a given invention should be awarded to the first inventor to file, and
- a grace period
Implementing the Hargreaves review – call for evidence in relation to the design sector
Response to the Intellectual Property Office’s call for evidence in relation to the design sector closing on 11 November 2011, aiming to gain a better understanding of whether the design rights system in the UK is geared to the needs of business
Independent Review of IP and Growth - call for evidence
Response to the Review of Intellectual Property and Growth: Call for Evidence with a deadline of 4 March 2011.
Contrary to the sceptical opinions held by some, the IP systems in the UK, in the rest of Europe, and elsewhere when in compliance with international agreements, are generally sound. They are not broken and do not need major adjustment. The first need is to improve quality and efficiency within the existing systems.
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