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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

The UK IPO

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

Privilege

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

Privilege

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


  Presidents of the IP Federation

Document No: PUB 4/12
Posted: 27/11/2012

Presidents of the IP Federation
formerly the Trade Marks, Patents and Designs Federation

 

  Resolutions of the IP Federation Council October 2012

Document No: PUB 3/12
Posted: 08/11/2012

Resolutions of the IP Federation Council October 2012,  passed on 19 October 2012 with immediate effect: 

  1. Delegation of council’s power on policy positions in cases of urgency
  2. Open committees
  3. Terms of reference of the governance committee
  4. Quorum in council meetings
     
 

  Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2012

Document No: PUB 2/12
Posted: 23/10/2012

The Governance Committee of the IP Federation
Terms of reference in the case (expected to be the norm) where the president and the director under the articles are the same person, adopted by resolution passed at a meeting of council on 19 October 2012 with immediate effect

 

  Articles of Association 2012

Document No: PUB 1/12
Posted: 23/10/2012

Articles of Association 2012
Adopted by special resolution passed at the ninety-third Annual General Meeting on 13 July 2012 with effect from 18 October 2012

 

  IP Federation annual report and accounts 31 December 2011

Document No: PUB 21/11
Posted: 15/10/2012

IP Federation annual report and accounts 31 December 2011: Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2011 (omitting Director details)

 

  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.
 


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