Most Recent Publications  

Intellectual property (IP) law and Brexit – summary of main requests for the UK government

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

  European Patent Office Update

Document No: PUB 20G/14
Posted: 03/03/2015

The Federation has engaged with the European Patent Office (EPO) throughout 2014 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 represents the Con­federation of British Industry (CBI) (as a member of BUSINESSEUROPE) on the Standing Ad­vis­ory Committee of the EPO (SACEPO) through which the EPO undertakes user consult­ation in the development of the European patent system. In addition, the Federation main­tains ongoing working relationships with EPO representatives including meetings with the President and Directors throughout the year.


  EU Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20H/14
Posted: 03/03/2015

In 2014, as in 2013, 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.


  Trade Marks Update

Document No: PUB 20I/14
Posted: 03/03/2015

This update summarises the main trade mark judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union from the last twelve months. Although perhaps none are radical, certain provide useful legal and practical guidance, whilst others lay the ground for potentially interesting national decisions.

The judgments have been classified into four broad categories: (i) those relating to exotic marks; (ii) two decisions with important practical consequences for brand owners; (iii) two judgments which consider “unfair advantage taking”; and finally (iv) two decisions considering the admissibility of evidence submitted out of time to OHIM.


  The UK IPO

Document No: PUB 20J/14
Posted: 03/03/2015

An important initiative by the IPO a couple of years ago was the appointment of IP attachés to support UK businesses in China, India, Brazil, and Singapore (for South East Asia). The IP attaché network is managed and funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and supported in country by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).


  Trends and Events 2014

Document No: PUB 20/14
Posted: 16/02/2015

ISSN 2046-3049

Trends and Events is our annual publication in which the Federation reviews its previous twelve months’ 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 – Advancing industry’s view on intellectual property since 1920

Document No: PUB 2/14
Posted: 08/12/2014

Double-sided A4 trifold leaflet, which can be printed as needed, outlining the IP Federation, founded in 1920 as the Trade Marks, Patents and Designs Federation (TMPDF) in order to coordinate the views of industry and commerce in the United Kingdom, and to make representations to the appropriate authorities on policy and practice in intellectual property (IP) matters


  Governance Committee Terms of Reference 2014

Document No: PUB 1/14
Posted: 18/11/2014

The Governance Committee of the IP Federation
Revised 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 at a meeting of council on 14 November 2014 with immediate effect


  IP Federation annual accounts 31 December 2013

Document No: PUB 21/13
Posted: 07/05/2014

IP Federation accounts 31 December 2013: Director's Report and Unaudited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013


  Claim format harmonisation

Document No: PUB 20A/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

The Federation’s proposal for international claim format harmonisation, to facilitate cooperation between patent offices and to help users

The Federation’s members are all engaged in international commercial activity and patent­ing. As patentees and/or as potential infringers of third-party patents, they waste time and money to the extent there are unnecessary differences in law and procedure between major territories. The same differences waste the time of patent office examiners, who are less able to take advantage of each other’s work. There are differences whose elimination –

  1. should be readily negotiable internationally because they do not raise fundamental issues of principle (as differences in grace periods, exceptions and limitations, and industrial applicability do); and
  2. should offer particular savings because they are of practical relevance to most inventions rather than just to a minority of inventions (as are the more fundamental differences just referred to).

  Copyright Update

Document No: PUB 20B/13
Posted: 23/12/2013

Copyright is relevant to many different kinds of commercial activity. During 2013 there has been a steady flow of industry initiatives, government initiatives at UK and European level, and developments in case law. The EU agenda has been delayed, so the UK has taken the opportunity to make its own progress in areas where the EU may yet legislate, working on the basis that it will make any necessary amendments as and when EU Directives are transposed into UK law. Most of the developments are concerned with adapting copyright law to cope with the effects, and advantages, of digital technology.


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