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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


  Patent Box – The Basics

Document No: PUB 20I/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

If you pay UK corporation tax and develop your own products but still haven’t taken a look at the Patent Box, you really should. From April 2013, companies which satisfy specific criteria will be able to claim an additional deduction against their taxable profits, effectively taking the tax rate applied to a proportion of their profits down to 10%. There will be some companies for whom the new Patent Box will make no difference at all but, equally, there will be some for whom it will offer a relatively easy way of reducing their tax burden.

 

  Patent Marking

Document No: PUB 20J/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

Patent marking is an often neglected aspect of patent law, but in recent years has come into the spotlight. Most countries, including the UK, have a provision that damages from infringement can be awarded where an infringer has copied a product only where said infringer is put on notice of the existence of a patent right by virtue of the patent number being applied to (i.e. ‘marked’ on) the product (cf Section 62 (1) of the UK Patents Act).

 

  Update on “plain” (more accurately, “standardised”) packaging

Document No: PUB 20K/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

This trade mark issue has received much attention in the Press, although it is not one on which the Federation has taken a position.

The damage to health caused by smoking is of concern to governments. It is obviously quite impractical for most governments to ban tobacco products (a point of legal consequence discussed below). However, governments do interfere with the way tobacco products are marketed to the general public in the hope of reducing consumption. In England, supermarkets no longer display the packets of tobacco products openly; they are behind a screen, so that customers have to know what to ask for. And in many countries, the packets bear health warnings, some including shocking medical pictures.

 

  Patent Enforcement – Portugal enacts law mandating arbitration for pharmaceutical patent disputes

Document No: PUB 20L/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

In December 2011 the Portuguese government enacted Decree Law 62/2011 which for the first time moved certain IP disputes, in particular patent disputes, in the pharmaceutical sector away from the Jurisdiction of the court and mandated that they are handled exclusively through arbitration. The reasoning underlying this controversial and unprecedented change is clearly political but has not been unambiguously expressed. It has been implied that it is linked to austerity measures in Portugal and indeed a Memorandum of Understanding on Specific Economic Policy Conditionality was concluded between Portugal and the Troika (European Commission, IMF and ECB) in May 2011. However, whilst the Memorandum of Understanding contained a section on the Portuguese Judicial system and mentioned arbitration within the context of alternative dispute resolution as a way to facilitate resolution of backlog cases and out of court settlement, there was no mention of its mandatory use, or any contemplation of its use in IP law, and certainly not in a specific sector. The only reference to IP in the Memorandum of Understanding was to make a speciality court on IP fully operational by Q1 2012. What is plain, however, is that the specific IP disputes selected by the Law to be handled in arbitration are the critical innovator vs generics disputes that effectively govern when a generic copycat medicine can legally be commercialised in Portugal.

 

  Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework

Document No: PUB 20M/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

In 2010–2011, there were three official consultations on UK design law (Trends and Events, 2010, at pages 12–13; Trends and Events, 2011, at pages 11–12 and 12–13). In July 2012, the IPO published Consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework, this time with specific proposals for change. Further comment was invited. Legislation is likely in the 2013–2014 Parliamentary session.
 

  Role of Government in Protecting and promoting Intellectual Property

Document No: PUB 20N/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

The All-Party Intellectual Property Group announced on 14 March 2012 that it was to conduct an inquiry into the role of Government in protecting and promoting intellectual property. The Group decided to look at this issue because responsibility for development and enforcement of IP policy sits across many Government departments and agencies. There have been numerous reviews into IP policy in the last ten years but the decision-making framework within which policy is developed and agreed had not been sufficiently examined.

 

  The Federation's activities

Document No: PUB 20O/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

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

https://www.ipfederation.com/

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 UK Intellectual Property Office

Document No: PUB 20P/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

From early September 2012, John Alty, Chief Executive and Comptroller General, was asked to take on the role of Acting Director General of Knowledge and Innovation (K&I) in the IPO’s parent department, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) whilst a permanent appointment is being made. In order to ensure that the IPO is properly led during this period, John asked his deputy, Sean Dennehey to take on the role of acting Chief Executive.

 

  Trade marks update

Document No: PUB 20Q/12
Posted: 08/03/2013

With the exception of the IP TRANSLATOR Case No C-307/10 (discussed below) there have been no game changing decisions arising from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) relating to trade marks during the year.

Interflora v Marks & Spencer CJEU Ruling in Case C-323/09 relating to keyword advertising on Google has been remitted to the High Court to determine if trade mark infringement, as opposed to fair competition, had arisen. In passing, the case has given rise to some discouraging guidelines on the use of evidence to demonstrate confusion and customer perception.

 

  Trends and Events 2012

Document No: PUB 20/12
Posted: 14/02/2013

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.

 


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