Review of the Current Patent Harmonisation Initiatives
Document No: PUB 20C/14
We are in a unique position where there are several patent harmonisation initiatives being pursued by the larger Patent Offices. There is an active industry participation in these activities and it is to be hoped that major changes that are beneficial to the users and the Offices result.
Progress on the EU Trade Secrets Directive
Document No: PUB 20D/14
2014 has seen significant progress in relation to the EU’s legislative efforts on trade secrets. Since the December 2013 edition of Trends and Events went to press, we have seen: (i) the publication of the Commission’s initial proposal for legislation; (ii) negotiations within the Council of the European Union resulting in an agreed compromise text for the Directive; and (iii) early exchanges of views and draft opinions within the European Parliament.
IP Federation Biographies
Document No: PUB 20E/14
Carol Arnold, President
Carol is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney; a European Patent Attorney; and also an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. She has over 30 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after gaining a degree in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the University of Exeter. Carol has represented Shell on the Council of the IP Federation since 2008, and in the past few years has also served as Chair of the IP Federation patent committee.
Carol has worked on a range of subject areas in the oil products, refining, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agrochemicals sectors, and has lived and worked in both the UK and the Netherlands.
In life outside Shell, Carol is a Trustee of the charity Through the Roof, with particular responsibility for Wheels for the World (which restores and distributes wheelchairs and mobility aids overseas).
The Future Shape of Education and Training for the IP Profession
Document No: PUB 20F/14
At the end of 2013, the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) put together draft Competency Frameworks for patents and trade marks for consideration and comment by the relevant professions in the UK, and launched a formal consultation on simplifying and modernising the examination system for qualifying as a UK patent attorney.
European Patent Office Update
Document No: PUB 20G/14
The Federation has engaged with the European Patent Office (EPO) throughout 2014 to provide input on matters relating to implementing and ancillary regulations to the European Patent Convention (EPC) and to procedures of the EPO. The Federation represents the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) (as a member of BUSINESSEUROPE) on the Standing Advisory Committee of the EPO (SACEPO) through which the EPO undertakes user consultation in the development of the European patent system. In addition, the Federation maintains ongoing working relationships with EPO representatives including meetings with the President and Directors throughout the year.
EU Patent Reform
Document No: PUB 20H/14
In 2014, as in 2013, the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) dossier has been among the Federation’s highest priorities, following the long-awaited agreement between the European Parliament and Council in late 2012 which resulted in the unitary patent and language Regulations being adopted in December 2012, and signature of the UPC Agreement on 19 February 2013.
Trade Marks Update
Document No: PUB 20I/14
This update summarises the main trade mark judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union from the last twelve months. Although perhaps none are radical, certain provide useful legal and practical guidance, whilst others lay the ground for potentially interesting national decisions.
The judgments have been classified into four broad categories: (i) those relating to exotic marks; (ii) two decisions with important practical consequences for brand owners; (iii) two judgments which consider “unfair advantage taking”; and finally (iv) two decisions considering the admissibility of evidence submitted out of time to OHIM.
The UK IPO
Document No: PUB 20J/14
An important initiative by the IPO a couple of years ago was the appointment of IP attachés to support UK businesses in China, India, Brazil, and Singapore (for South East Asia). The IP attaché network is managed and funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and supported in country by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
Trends and Events 2014
Document No: PUB 20/14
Trends and Events is our annual publication in which the Federation reviews its previous twelve months’ activities. It provides an overview of those IP issues which engaged industry during that period and tries to look beyond current issues to identify future areas of interest, activity or controversy.
IP Federation – Advancing industry’s view on intellectual property since 1920
Document No: PUB 2/14
Double-sided A4 trifold leaflet, which can be printed as needed, outlining the IP Federation, founded in 1920 as the Trade Marks, Patents and Designs Federation (TMPDF) in order to coordinate the views of industry and commerce in the United Kingdom, and to make representations to the appropriate authorities on policy and practice in intellectual property (IP) matters
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