Total Documents: 131


Document Retention and Destruction Policy

Document No: PUB 1/18 Posted: 15 March 2018
This policy provides for the systematic review and retention of documents received or created by IP Federation in connection with the transaction of organisation business. This policy covers all records and documents, regardless of physical form, and contains guidelines for how long certain documents should be kept and the method by which, following expiry of the relevant retention period, records should be destroyed (unless under a legal hold). The policy is designed to ensure compliance with UK laws and regulations, to eliminate accidental or innocent destruction of records, and to facilitate IP Federation’s operations by promoting efficiency and freeing up valuable storage space.

Trends and Events 2017

Document No: PUB 20/17 Posted: 14 August 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.

The Federation’s activities

Document No: PUB 20A/17 Posted: 30 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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 August 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.

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