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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.
Draft agreement on a Unified Patent Court and draft Statute
Statement in support of the "principles paper” prepared by a sub-group of the European Patent Reform Consultation Group constituted by the IPO, urging that the text of the agreement on a Unified Patent Court and draft Statute requires amendment
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
EU–India Free Trade Agreement
Letter to the IPO advocating the provision of Regulatory Data Protection in India in the EU–India trade talks
IPO consultation on experimental use and Bolar exemption
Response to IPO consultation dated 6 June 2011 to investigate the impact, if any, of UK patent legislation on the conduct of clinical and field trials involving pharmaceuticals in the UK
Representation before the European and Community Patent Court
The IP Federation is strongly supportive of the current version of Article 28 of the draft Agreement which will establish this Court. We believe that opening up representation to suitably certificated EPAs will not only be a progressive step in line with the general objective of improving the patent system in Europe but that specifically it will ensure wider choice and therefore better access to justice for all; especially for those high technology SMEs which will likely be the bedrock of the European Union’s future economic well-being.
Third party observations at the EPO
Letter to the EPO asking it to reconsider its decision not to include a “clarity” tab on the proposed web page for making observations, and to amend the Guidelines to make explicit the fact that third parties may object under Art. 115 EPC to lack of clarity of the claims of European patent applications.
Cabinet Office Procurement Policy – Use of Open Standards
Response to Government proposals that open standards should be sought whenever it is procuring IT equipment, in Procurement Policy Note on Use of Open Standards when specifying ICT requirements dated 31 January 2011
Commission report on implementation of enforcement directive
Comments in support of the UK Government's response to the consultation on the Commission Report on the enforcement of intellectual property rights from 11 January to 31 March 2011
IPO consultation on amending the Patents Act 1977 to provide for online patent document inspection
Response to the Intellectual Property Office’s formal consultation dated 31 January 2011, which sets out proposals to amend the Patents Act to provide for online patent document inspection, introducing a new section 118A into the Act which contains an exception from copyright.
Development of a PCT third party observations system
Response to WIPO Circular C. PCT 1288 containing proposals as to the details of how the International Bureau intends to implement a Third Party Observation System system under the PCT
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