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This part of the site is up-to-date from 2004; relevant position papers prior to then are obtainable from the Secretariat.

  EU–India Free Trade Agreement
Document No: PP 13/11   Posted: 12/08/2011

Letter to the IPO advocating the provision of Regulatory Data Protection in India in the EU–India trade talks


  IPO consultation on experimental use and Bolar exemption
Document No: PP 12/11   Posted: 29/07/2011

Response to IPO consultation dated 6 June 2011 to investigate the impact, if any, of UK patent legislation on the conduct of clinical and field trials involving pharmaceuticals in the UK


  Representation before the European and Community Patent Court
Document No: PP 5/11   Posted: 22/06/2011

The IP Federation is strongly supportive of the current version of Article 28 of the draft Agreement which will establish this Court. We believe that opening up representation to suitably certificated EPAs will not only be a progressive step in line with the general objective of improving the patent system in Europe but that specifically it will ensure wider choice and therefore better access to justice for all; especially for those high technology SMEs which will likely be the bedrock of the European Union’s future economic well-being.


  Third party observations at the EPO
Document No: PP 11/11   Posted: 20/06/2011

Letter to the EPO asking it to reconsider its decision not to include a “clarity” tab on the proposed web page for making observations, and to amend the Guidelines to make explicit the fact that third parties may object under Art. 115 EPC to lack of clarity of the claims of European patent applications.


  Cabinet Office Procurement Policy – Use of Open Standards
Document No: PP 10/11   Posted: 18/05/2011

Response to Government proposals that open standards should be sought whenever it is procuring IT equipment, in Procurement Policy Note on Use of Open Standards when specifying ICT requirements dated 31 January 2011


  Commission report on implementation of enforcement directive
Document No: PP 9/11   Posted: 21/04/2011

Comments in support of the UK Government's response to the consultation on the Commission Report on the enforcement of intellectual property rights from 11 January to 31 March 2011


  IPO consultation on amending the Patents Act 1977 to provide for online patent document inspection
Document No: PP 8/11   Posted: 20/04/2011

Response to the Intellectual Property Office’s formal consultation dated 31 January 2011, which sets out proposals to amend the Patents Act to provide for online patent document inspection, introducing a new section 118A into the Act which contains an exception from copyright.


  Development of a PCT third party observations system
Document No: PP 7/11   Posted: 29/03/2011

Response to WIPO Circular C. PCT 1288 containing proposals as to the details of how the International Bureau intends to implement a Third Party Observation System system under the PCT


  Unintentional infringement of UK and Community designs
Document No: PP 6/11   Posted: 21/03/2011

Response to IPO public Consultation about equalisation of remedies for unintentional design infringement launched on 1 December 2010



  Independent Review of IP and Growth - call for evidence
Document No: PP 4/11   Posted: 04/03/2011

Response to the Review of Intellectual Property and Growth: Call for Evidence with a deadline of 4 March 2011.

Contrary to the sceptical opinions held by some, the IP systems in the UK, in the rest of Europe, and elsewhere when in compliance with inter­national agreements, are generally sound. They are not broken and do not need major adjustment. The first need is to improve quality and efficiency within the existing systems.


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