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Reform of the Boards of Appeal
11 Jul 2016

The IP Federation submitted comments on EPO Administrative Council paper CA/43/16 outlining proposals for the reform of the EPO Boards of Appeal (BoA), ahead of the EPO Administrative Council meeting on 29-30 June 2016. For full details, click HERE. To...
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The IP Federation elects new President, James Hayles
08 Jul 2016

The IP Federation is pleased to announce that James Hayles has been elected as the new President of the Federation, effective 8 July 2016. James is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney with over 25 years’ experience of IP work gained...
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BIS open consultation National Innovation Plan: call for ideas
25 May 2016

The IP Federation has submitted a response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills open consultation ‘National Innovation Plan: call for ideas’. The consultation runs until 30 May 2016. In summary, the IP Federation...
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Consultation proposed changes to the Patents Rules
21 Apr 2016

The IP Federation has submitted a response to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) consultation on proposed amendments to the Patents Rules 2007 is attached. The consultation closes on 22 April 2016. IP Federation members support all...
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Commission consultation on IP enforcement
15 Apr 2016

The IP Federation has submitted a response to the consultation closing 15 April 2016 to help assess the functioning of Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED) in the online environment, with a view to identify the...
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Amicus curiae brief on the questions referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal pending as case G1/15
01 Mar 2016

The IP Federation has filed an amicus curiae brief with observations on the questions referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) on case G1/15 (Partial priority). The first question referred to the Enlarged Board...
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Group B+ questionnaire regarding cross-border aspects of client / patent attorney privilege
26 Feb 2016

Group B+ has formulated a questionnaire to gauge the extent of the problem of cross-border aspects of client / patent attorney privilege, and the possibility of a multilateral treaty on this subject and to gather views on what a multilateral treaty might...
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Trends and Events 2015
05 Feb 2016

The annual newsletter in which the Federation reviews its previous twelve months’ activities, Trends and Events 2015, has now been published. It provides an overview of those IP issues which engaged industry during that period and tries...
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Consultation on proposal for changes in registered design fees
29 Jan 2016

The IP Federation has submitted a response to the consultation on proposal for changes in registered design fees which closes on 29 January 2016. In general, IP Federation members welcome any reduction in the official fees charged in...
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Indian Government consultation on draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2015
26 Nov 2015

The IP Federation has submitted comments on the draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2015 released by the Indian Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on 29 October 2015. Stakeholders have been invited to submit comments by 27 November...
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