Most Recent Publications  

Health, Safety and Environment Policy 2017

The Federation’s activities

The Brexit clock ticks – what are the implications for intellectual property?

European Patent Reform

EPO Update

The Shape of Things to Come?

Designs Update

The Trump Administration and International Policies on Intellectual Property

IP Federation biographies 2016–2017

Trends and Events 2017

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2016

Policy Advisors Policy

IP Federation Equal Opportunities Policy 2016

President and VPs Election Policy

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 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?

Trends and Events 2015

Travel Policy

Solicitor Associates Policy

IP Federation Anti-Bribery Policy 2015

IP Federation Subscription Payment Policy 2015

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 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


Trends and Events 2014

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

Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2014

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 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


Trends and Events 2013

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2012

Trends and Events 2002-2003

Trends and Events 2001-2002

Trends and Events 2000-2001

Trends and Events 1999-2000

Trends and Events 1998-1999

Trends and Events 2006-2007

Trends and Events 2005-2006

Trends and Events 2004-2005

Trends and Events 2003-2004

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 2012

Presidents of the IP Federation

Resolutions of the IP Federation Council October 2012

Articles of Association 2012

Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2012

IP Federation annual report and accounts 31 December 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

Trends and Events 2011

IP Federation annual report and accounts 31 December 2010

Governance Committee Terms of Reference

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


The UK Intellectual Property Office

Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP)

IP Federation biographies

Developments in the Patentability of Computer Software and Business Method Inventions

European Qualifying Examination (EQE)
Most Recent Publications

  Health, Safety and Environment Policy 2017

Document No: PUB 1/17
Posted: 16/10/2017

The IP Federation is committed to providing a safe working environment for its staff and members that supports accident prevention, minimises exposure to health risks and safeguards the environment.


  The Federation’s activities

Document No: PUB 20A/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

One of the IP Federation’s chief lobbying tools is its policy papers. These are all available on the website at:

The policy papers on the website represent the views of the innovative and influen­tial com­panies which are members of the Federation. Members are con­sulted on their views and opinions and encouraged to debate and explore issues of practice and policy. Only after consensus is achieved are external bodies informed of the col­lective views of industry via the Federation.


  The Brexit clock ticks – what are the implications for intellectual property?

Document No: PUB 20B/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law.

The UK Government has indicated intent to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which incorporates European Union law into the law of the UK, but never­theless to preserve the existing body of EU law – the acquis – in the national law.


  European Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20C/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

As in all recent years, the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) dossier has been among the Federation’s highest priorities in the last 18 months, 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.

The dossier continued to move forward smoothly during the first half of 2016, with first Finland, then Bulgaria, joining the list of countries which had ratified, bringing the total to 10 (one mandatory ratifying country, France, plus nine of the required 10 others). Addition­ally, steady progress was made in a number of other countries, notably including in both the two remaining mandatory ratification countries, the UK and Germany. Other important milestones included adoption of the rules on court fees (including the zero fee for the opt-out) and the handover of the IT system by the UK to the team in Luxembourg. Then came 23 June and the UK’s decision to leave the EU. This was of significance to the UPC project, of course, due to the widely held view that participation in the UPC was strictly limited to EU states. 


  EPO Update

Document No: PUB 20D/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

The IP Federation continually engages with the European Patent Office (EPO) to provide input on consultations relating to implementing regulations, ancillary regulations to the European Patent Convention (EPC) and procedures of the EPO. The Federation main­tains ongoing working relationships with EPO representatives including holding meetings with the President and Directors throughout the year.


  The Shape of Things to Come?

Document No: PUB 20E/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

What do a black cab, a four-fingered chocolate bar and a colourful puzzle have in common? Apart from all being useful when suffering a long Underground delay, the answer is that they concern trade marks for the shape of a product that have been subject to negative decisions in the UK / EU in the last year.


  Designs Update

Document No: PUB 20F/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

The IP Federation Design and Copyright Committee has been resurrected, following a 10-year hiatus.

The time is right to resurrect the Committee.

It is an important time for design rights in the UK – the uncertainty posed by Brexit is a particular concern for IP Federation members, a significant proportion of which currently rely on Registered Community Designs (RCDs) and Unregistered Community Designs (UCDs) to protect their designs in the UK.

It is hoped that the newly re-formed Committee can continue the good work done by previous incarnations of the Committee. 


  The Trump Administration and International Policies on Intellectual Property

Document No: PUB 20G/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

Donald Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again,” which included halting unfair trade practices by other nations that hurt U.S. businesses. On November 21, 2016, President-elect Trump released a video of his policy plans for the first 100 days of his Administration, including to “restore our laws and bring back our jobs.” One of those plans affected U.S. intellectual property rights: his plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Instead, he stated that the U.S. would negotiate “fair bilateral trade deals.” Mr. Trump has also repeatedly indicated that China has been committing unfair trade practices that have been burdening U.S. commerce.

This article will describe: (1) the scope of unfair trade practices relating to intellectual property and their impact on U.S. commerce; (2) the actions the Administration has taken or is considering during its first 195 days; and (3) the impact on the current state of the leadership of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


  IP Federation biographies 2016–2017

Document No: PUB 20H/17
Posted: 30/08/2017

James Horgan is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney with nearly 30 years of experience of IP work gained in private practice, Fisons plc and Pfizer Limited. He has repre­sented his em­ployers on both the patent commit­tee and Coun­cil of the IP Federation for many of those years. His career has mostly been spent in the pharma­ceutical field, obtaining and defending patent pro­tection for new products globally. He gained a first degree in chem­istry with bio­chemistry from Oxford University in 1987, and an LLM in IP litigation from Nottingham Trent University in 2009.

He was President of the IP Federation from 2010 to 2012.

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking, cycling and sailing.


  Trends and Events 2017

Document No: PUB 20/17
Posted: 14/08/2017

ISSN 2046-3049

Trends and Events is our annual publication in which the Federation reviews its previous year’s 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.


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