Document No: PUB 4/10
On 7 January 2010 talks aimed at modernizing the system of private copy levies in Europe broke down when industry called time. The discussions, dating back to July 2008, had been held in the context of a ‘Stakeholder Platform’ facilitated by the European Commission involving Collecting Societies and industry representatives, with BEUC (the European consumer organization) having observer status. After 18 months, as far as industry was concerned, the talks had failed to deliver any concrete results and there was no prospect even of agreeing a way forward.
Draft European Commission Block Exemption Regulation on Research and Development Agreements
Document No: PUB 3/10
Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) identifies in general terms classes of agreements that are incompatible with the internal market, subject to the possibility of exemption under Article 101(3), e.g. where the agreement promotes technical or economic progress. If an agreement is “caught” by Article 101(1) but not exempted under Article 101(3), then it is unenforceable.
The Federation on the Web
Document No: PUB 2/10
One of the IP Federation’s chief lobbying tools is its policy papers.The policy papers on the website represent the views of the innovative and influential companies which are members of the Federation. Members are consulted on their views and opinions and encouraged to debate and explore issues of practice and policy. Only after consensus is achieved are external bodies informed of the collective views of industry via the Federation.
As well as this website, the Federation has web presence through social networking sites, with a page on Facebook and a profile on LinkedIn. Why not become a fan of the IP Federation today?
The Federation's achievements
Document No: PUB 1/10
At the start of its tenth decade of representing the IP interests of industry, the IP Federation is as active as ever in its aim to bring about improvements to intellectual property rights systems throughout the world, to the advantage not only to industry, but in advancement of economic development generally.
Developments in the Patentability of Computer Software and Business Method Inventions
Document No: PUB 12/10
Recent years have seen the patentability of software and business methods hotly debated, and not just in academic circles. With protests in the streets of
European Qualifying Examination (EQE)
Document No: PUB 9/10
In 2012, the EQE will have its first major change since the first examination in 1979. With effect from 2012 there will be a pre-examination which is designed to act as a filter to reduce the number of candidates sitting the full examination without sufficient preparation. The “main” examination in its new form will be held for the first time in 2013. Candidates must pass the pre-examination before being allowed to sit the main examination. The pre-examination may be taken after two years full-time training.
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