Most Recent Publications  

Trends and Events 2017

IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2016

IP Federation Equal Opportunities Policy 2016

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

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

  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.


  IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2016

Document No: PUB 2/16
Posted: 07/07/2017

IP Federation accounts 31 December 2016: Annual Report and Unaudited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016


  IP Federation Equal Opportunities Policy 2016

Document No: PUB 1/16
Posted: 13/06/2016

The IP Federation is committed to promoting diversity and to providing equal opportunities for all staff and job applicants. We acknowledge the unique contribution that all individuals can make. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity, paternity, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, age or any other inappropriate or irrelevant criteria or distinction. We aim to create an inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to fulfil their potential and make use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.


  IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2015

Document No: PUB 21/15
Posted: 21/04/2016

IP Federation accounts 31 December 2015: Director's Report and Unaudited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015


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

Document No: PUB 20A/15
Posted: 04/03/2016

The Legal Services Act 2007, which followed the Clementi Review, had two main practical effects:

  • first, it established regulators for lawyers and the Legal Ombudsman independent of professional bodies for lawyers; and
  • secondly (not relevant in the present context), it permitted the creation of private practices consisting of different types of lawyer (“LDPs”) and also consisting of lawyers together with non-lawyers (“ABSs”).

The Federation’s members employ, “in-house”, the following classes of lawyer to do IP work: registered UK patent attorneys, registered UK trade mark attorneys, English solici­tors, and English barristers. Sometimes, members employ European patent attorneys lack­ing national registration; these are not lawyers under the Legal Services Act, but valuably their communications with their clients/employers are privileged on a par with registered UK patent attorneys (Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Section 280).


  Designs in the UK

Document No: PUB 20B/15
Posted: 04/03/2016

In 2014, the Government sought views on proposed changes to the Registered Designs Act 1949. The proposal was that the legis­lation be amended to provide registered design owners with the option of marking a product with the address of a website which links the product with the relevant registered design numbers as an alternative way of providing notice of the rights. The Government response to this call for evidence was published in August 2015.

The response document provides a summary of what respondents said about the proposal to introduce the option of webmarking for registered design rights. This document provides a summary of the key points raised by respondents and the Government’s commentary on these issues.


  EPO Update

Document No: PUB 20C/15
Posted: 04/03/2016

The Federation has engaged with the European Patent Office (EPO) throughout 2015 to pro­vide input on matters relating to implementing and ancillary regulations to the European Patent Convention (EPC) and to procedures of the EPO. The Federation maintains ongoing working relationships with EPO representatives including meetings with the President and Directors throughout the year.

In March 2015 the President of the EPO submitted a Proposal for a structural reform of the EPO Boards of Appeal (BOA) (CA/16/15) prompted by decision R 19/12 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal. The President’s proposal is intended to increase the organisational and managerial autonomy of the BOA, the perception of their independence and also their efficiency. The proposal introduces a new President of the BOA who will not be a Vice President of the EPO and who will have organisational, managerial and budgetary responsibility for the BOA reporting to a new subsidiary committee of the Administrative Council (AC), the Board of Appeal Committee (BOAC). It is proposed that the BOAC will com­prise AC members, experienced judges, the President of the EPO and the President of the BOA. The BOAC will monitor efficiency and independence of the BOA while guiding on recruitment of board members. The President further proposed to relocate the BOA to pro­vide geographic separation from the EPO to improve the perception of independence.


  EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20D/15
Posted: 04/03/2016

In 2015, as in 2013 and 2014, 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 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 has continued to move forward during 2015, with new ratifications during the year bringing the total to eight. It now appears possible that the required number of rati­fica­tions (13 including the UK and Germany) will be achieved by mid-2016 such that the Prepar­atory Committee’s revised target date for commencement of the new system (January 2017) is potentially achievable – though spring or summer 2017 seems more likely.


  India National Intellectual Property Policy

Document No: PUB 20E/15
Posted: 04/03/2016

The Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has con­sti­tuted an IPR Think Tank to draft a National Intellectual Property Policy and to advise DIPP on IPR (intel­lect­ual property rights) issues. The Indian Govern­ment has been con­sulting on the National Intellect­ual Property Policy, and the first official draft was released by DIPP on 25 December 2014.

In its response, policy paper 2/15, the IP Federation first observed that the Think Tank notes that an objective of the Draft IPR Policy should be to “guide and enable all creators and inventors to realize their potential for generating, protecting and utilizing IP which would contribute to wealth creation, employment opportunities and business develop­ment.” It also aims to “foster predictability, clarity and transparency in the entire IP regime in order to provide a secure and stable climate for stimulating inventions and creations, and augmenting research, trade, technology transfer and investment.”


  IP Federation biographies

Document No: PUB 20F/15
Posted: 04/03/2016

Carol is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney; a European Patent Attor­ney; and also an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemi­cal Engineers. She has over 30 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after gaining a degree in Envir­on­mental Chemical En­gin­eering from the University of Exeter. Carol has represented Shell on the Council of the IP Fed­er­a­tion since 2008, and in the past few years has also served as Chair of the IP Federation patent committee.



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