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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


  The America Invents Act

Document No: PUB 15/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

On 16 September 2011, US President Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law and instituted the furthest reaching changes to US Intellectual Property Law in approximately 60 years. Despite ostensibly key provisions directed to global harmonisation, the new US legislation will affect IP strategies of global firms which have an eye toward the US market. The key provision of the AIA which reflects a shift to global harmonisation is, of course, the well publicised migration of US IP law to a first-inventor-to-file system. Pre¬viously, the US had been the sole system based on a first-to-invent system. However, beyond this well publicised and fundamental shift are a number of additional key provisions – provisions that will impact the building and enforcement of a strong IP portfolio in the US marketplace. The new legislation will present enhanced opportunity for strategic development and enforcement of IP rights in the US if fully understood and exploited.

 

  The UK Intellectual Property Office and Ipsum

Document No: PUB 14/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

Following the Hargreaves Review, a number of public consultations have been set up and various publications have been issued by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2011. The IP Federation has provided comments where appropriate.

 

  The Hargreaves Review

Document No: PUB 13/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

The independent report by Professor Ian Hargreaves published in May 2011 under the title: “Digital Opportunity – A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth”. The review had been com­missioned in November 2010 because of concerns that the existing IP legal framework was not effective in supporting and promoting innovation and growth in the UK.
 

  Preliminary injunctions alive and well – a view from Europe

Document No: PUB 12/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

How do European IPR holders prevent key competitors from launching or selling their prod­ucts in valuable markets in Europe? The answer is simple: obtain a preliminary in­junction (PI), also known as an interim or interlocutory injunction, to put a stop to the competition at an early stage. It worked for Pfizer in the UK, where the sale of generic Lipitor® was recently halted within a matter of hours. Similarly, within 24 hours, Novartis stopped Sanofi’s at-risk launch of generic CoDiovan® in France. PIs have also recently been obtained by Apple against Samsung in respect of products in both the Netherlands and Germany.
 

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

Document No: PUB 11/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

Expert evidence is crucial in litigation before the English Patents Courts. A good expert witness will safely guide the Court through the perils of infringement and validity, but the corollary is that an apparently strong case can be defeated due to poor expert evidence. Although identifying the right expert is important, it is also vital to ensure that evidence from a good expert witness is not undermined by defective instructions or inadequate preparation. Perhaps most importantly, expert evidence must remain (and be seen to be) impartial, because any bias will quickly become apparent under robust cross-examination. This article examines a range of practical steps that can be taken to maximise the chances of a favourable expert performance in infringement and validity actions before the English Patents Court.
 

  Innovative tools and processes at the European Patent Office

Document No: PUB 10/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

The European Patent Office (EPO) is committed to harmonising its work with that of other patent offices around the world with a view both to increasing efficiency and quality. If any­thing, these efforts have accelerated under the current EPO president, Mr Benoît Bat­ti­stelli. Principal forums in which harmonisation is discussed are the bilateral meetings with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), trilateral meetings also including the Japan­ese Patent Office (JPO) and the “IP5” group, which additionally includes the Chinese and Korean intellectual property offices.
 

  EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 9/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

On 4 December 2009, the Competitiveness Council adopted a package of measures (“Con­clu­sions on an Enhanced Patent System in Europe”), setting the foundations for both an EU-wide patent and a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) in Europe. The Council Con­clu­sions were a significant milestone, marking political agreement on key components of both the EU patent and UPLS projects, and giving the green light for work to be continued on both dossiers.
 

  The European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy

Document No: PUB 8/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

2012 looks like being a significant year for intellectual property enforcement in the Euro­pean Union. Whilst the ecommerce directive is unlikely to be reopened, the customs regula­tions are currently being considered, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) is likely to be in the second half of the year and at some point the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will come to the parliament for approval. As sig­nificant as these though will be the regulation extending the remit of the European trade mark office (OHIM/OAMI) to include responsibility for the delivery of the work of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.
 

  Commission Consultation on the Enforcement Directive

Document No: PUB 7/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

The Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC relates to the enforcement of all intellectual prop­erty rights. It was intended in particular to provide access to information concerning an al­leged infringing activity to enable a right holder to make a case in Court, and even seizure of materials. The necessary powers were already possessed, for instance, by the Courts in England and France, but not in all other EU countries. The European Commission invited comments (due by 31 March 2011) on the functioning of the Directive from interested par­ties, with a view to its amendment in due course. The Directive has been felt wanting with regard to Internet-related infringements.
 

  Unintentional Infringement of UK and Community Rights

Document No: PUB 6/11
Posted: 13/02/2012

In December 2010, the IPO launched a consultation asking interested parties what they con­sidered was the best way of removing an anomaly in the law protecting designs.
 


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