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Governance Committee Terms of Reference

European Qualifying Examination (EQE)

Developments in the Patentability of Computer Software and Business Method Inventions

Trends and Events 2010

The Federation's achievements

The Federation on the Web

Draft European Commission Block Exemption Regulation on Research and Development Agreements

Copyright Levies

Trade Marks

Future of Design Law in UK

Review of EU Customs Anti-Counterfeiting Regulation

EU Patent Reform

European Patent Office Single Patent Process (SPP) Programme

Patent Quality

New System for Regulation of UK Lawyers including Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Privilege

The UK Intellectual Property Office

Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP)

IP Federation biographies

IP Federation annual report and accounts 31 December 2010

Trends and Events 2011

The Federation's achievements

Draft European Commission Block Exemption Regulation on R&D Agreements

Copyright Levies

Trade marks

Hargreaves Review – Call for Evidence in the Designs Sector

Unintentional Infringement of UK and Community Rights

Commission Consultation on the Enforcement Directive

The European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy

EU Patent Reform

Innovative tools and processes at the European Patent Office

Practical issues – selecting an expert and getting the best out of them

Preliminary injunctions alive and well – a view from Europe

The Hargreaves Review

The UK Intellectual Property Office and Ipsum

The America Invents Act

IP Federation annual report and accounts 31 December 2011

Articles of Association 2012

Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2012

Resolutions of the IP Federation Council October 2012

Presidents of the IP Federation

Trends and Events 2012

Additional Employee Inventor Compensation – A right too far?

An Update on the America Invents Act (AIA) and Strategies to Consider

Proposal for Collaborative Search and Examination (CSE) in the PCT

Copyright & Levies

European Patent Office (EPO) Update

EU Patent Reform

IP Federation biographies

Patent Box – The Basics

Revision of the rules for the assessment of licensing agreements for the transfer of technology

Patent Marking

Update on “plain” (more accurately, “standardised”) packaging

Patent Enforcement – Portugal enacts law mandating arbitration for pharmaceutical patent disputes

Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework

Role of Government in Protecting and promoting Intellectual Property

The Federation's activities

The UK Intellectual Property Office

Trade marks update

Trends and Events 2006-2007

Trends and Events 2002-2003

Trends and Events 2005-2006

Trends and Events 2004-2005

Trends and Events 2003-2004

Trends and Events 2001-2002

Trends and Events 2000-2001

Trends and Events 1999-2000

Trends and Events 1998-1999

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2012

Trends and Events 2013

Claim format harmonisation

Copyright Update

EU Consultation on trade secrets

EU Patent Reform

Intellectual Property Bill 2013–14: Clause 13

IP Federation biographies

Patent Consultations

Patent-related incentives and impediments to transfer of technology

Patents, Trade Marks and Design Rights: Groundless Threats

Promoting clinical trials of pharmaceuticals in the UK

Draft proposal for a revised block exemption for technology transfer agreements and guidelines

The Federation’s activities

Unregistered Design Rights – Qualification

Privilege

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2013

Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2014

IP Federation – Advancing industry’s view on intellectual property since 1920

Trends and Events 2014

The Intellectual Property Act 2014

Federation Activities

Review of the Current Patent Harmonisation Initiatives

Progress on the EU Trade Secrets Directive

IP Federation Biographies

The Future Shape of Education and Training for the IP Profession

European Patent Office Update

EU Patent Reform

Trade Marks Update

The UK IPO

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2014

IP Federation Anti-Bribery Policy 2015

IP Federation Subscription Payment Policy 2015

Trends and Events 2015

Consultation by the Legal Services Board on regulation of in-house lawyers

Designs in the UK

EPO Update

EU Patent Reform

India National Intellectual Property Policy

IP Federation biographies

Patent Harmonisation – What is happening?

Patents and Standards

Progress on the EU Trade Secrets Directive

The Federation’s activities

UK implementation and ratification of the UPC Agreement

Why is diversity so important and why should it matter to you?

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2015

IP Federation Equal Opportunities Policy 2016
Most Recent Publications


  Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2014

Document No: PUB 1/14
Posted: 18/11/2014

The Governance Committee of the IP Federation
Revised terms of reference in the case (expected to be the norm) where the president and the director under the articles are the same person, adopted at a meeting of council on 14 November 2014 with immediate effect

 

  IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2013

Document No: PUB 21/13
Posted: 07/05/2014

IP Federation  accounts 31 December 2013: Director's Report and Unaudited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013

 

  Claim format harmonisation

Document No: PUB 20A/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

The Federation’s proposal for international claim format harmonisation, to facilitate cooperation between patent offices and to help users

The Federation’s members are all engaged in international commercial activity and patent­ing. As patentees and/or as potential infringers of third-party patents, they waste time and money to the extent there are unnecessary differences in law and procedure between major territories. The same differences waste the time of patent office examiners, who are less able to take advantage of each other’s work. There are differences whose elimination –

  1. should be readily negotiable internationally because they do not raise fundamental issues of principle (as differences in grace periods, exceptions and limitations, and industrial applicability do); and
  2. should offer particular savings because they are of practical relevance to most inventions rather than just to a minority of inventions (as are the more fundamental differences just referred to).
 

  Copyright Update

Document No: PUB 20B/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

Copyright is relevant to many different kinds of commercial activity. During 2013 there has been a steady flow of industry initiatives, government initiatives at UK and European level, and developments in case law. The EU agenda has been delayed, so the UK has taken the opportunity to make its own progress in areas where the EU may yet legislate, working on the basis that it will make any necessary amendments as and when EU Directives are transposed into UK law. Most of the developments are concerned with adapting copyright law to cope with the effects, and advantages, of digital technology.

 

  EU Consultation on trade secrets

Document No: PUB 20C/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

In December 2012, the EU Commission launched a public consultation on the protection against misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information in the EU, which initially took the form of an online questionnaire. The Commission had previously (in March 2011) appointed a law firm to study the legal framework and practices in the 27 Mem­ber States regarding trade secret protection. This was published in January 2012. The Com­mission had also organised a conference on the subject in June 2012.

 

  EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20D/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

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. The agreement resulted in the Unitary patent and Language Regulations being adopted in December 2012, and signature of the UPC agreement on 19 February 2013. It will be recalled that all EU countries but Spain and Poland signed the agreement at this time (although Bulgaria signed a little late), and notably Italy was also among the signatories, despite its not participating in the Enhanced Cooperation arrangement which gave rise to the Unitary patent regulations. Indeed, in July 2013, Italy indicated informally an intention to join the Unitary patent regime as well as the UPC.

 

  Intellectual Property Bill 2013–14: Clause 13

Document No: PUB 20E/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

During the course of the IP Bill’s passage through first the Lords and then the Commons, the IP Federation has been pressing for the deletion of Clause 13 or, at the very least, significant amendments which would lessen the damaging impact Clause 13 would bring. Clause 13 introduces a new criminal offence for copying registered designs. Whilst we can understand that this may appear attractive in the fight against piracy and deliberate theft of designs, the wording of Clause 13 does not restrict the criminal offence only to the bad guys.

 

  IP Federation biographies

Document No: PUB 20F/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

Dr Bobby Mukherjee is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney with over 16 years’ experience of IP work gained in private practice and at BAE Systems plc. He is currently the Chief Counsel – IP & Technology Law, BAE Systems. He has rep­resented his current employer on the Patents Committee and Council of the IP Federation for some of those years.

 

  Patent Consultations

Document No: PUB 20G/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

In 2013 the IP Federation, based on discussions in the Patent Committee and at Council, has responded to various consultations and discussion papers from the UK IPO and EPO.

 

  Patent-related incentives and impediments to transfer of technology

Document No: PUB 20H/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

The Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) comprises all Mem­ber States of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and/or of the Paris Union, and, as observers, certain Member States of the UN non-members of WIPO and/or Paris Union, as well as a num­ber of inter­govern­mental and non-governmental organisations.

At its nineteenth session held from 25 to 28 February 2013 in Geneva, the SCP decided that the Secretariat should revise the document on transfer of technology (document SCP/18/8) by adding further practical examples and ex­periences on patent-related incentives and im­pedi­ments to transfer of technology on the basis of input received from members and ob­servers of the SCP, taking into account the dimension of absorptive capacity in tech­nology transfer. Thus the IP Federation was invited, in its capacity as observer to the SCP, to submit such examples to the Inter­national Bureau on or before 30 June 2013.

 


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