Publications

Total Documents: 3

 

Additional Employee Inventor Compensation – A right too far?

Document No: PUB 20A/12 Posted: 08 March 2013

The issue of employee inventions and the extent to which employee inventors should be compensated has in recent times become a hot topic in the UK. Since the Patents Act 1977 there has been a statutory right for employees to be awarded additional compensation over and above their salary for patented inventions made by them during the course of their employment where "having regard among other things to the size and nature of the employers undertaking, the invention or the patent for it (or the combination of both) is of outstanding benefit to the employer; and, by reason of those facts it is just" for an award to be made.

An Update on the America Invents Act (AIA) and Strategies to Consider

Document No: PUB 20B/12 Posted: 08 March 2013
The America Invents Act (AIA), the greatest change to American patent law in over 150 years, was enacted in September 2011, but many first-inventor-to-file (FITF) implementing rules were just recently proposed in July 2012, as the US patent system prepares to tran­sition to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) system on March 16, 2013. In anticipation of this 2013 transi­tion, there are three helpful perspectives with which to view the im­ple­ment­ation of the AIA’s FITF system: (1) the perspective of pre-AIA US patent filings before March 16, 2013; (2) the perspective of post-AIA US patent filings with “effective” filing dates on or after March 16, 2013; and (3) the perspective of transitional US patent filings filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on or after March 16, 2013, but with an “effective” filing date before March 16, 2013. This third perspective takes into account: a US patent application filed on or after March 16, 2013 which claims a benefit of priority under the Paris Convention to an earlier filed non-US application; and/or a US patent ap­pli­ca­tion filed on or after March 16, 2013 as a National Stage application of a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applica­tion filed before March 16, 2013. Understanding the proper “perspective” which applies to each US patent ap­plica­tion filing will be critical to building a strong US patent portfolio as the perspective will impact, for example, the scope of relevant prior art and attendant duty to disclose information to the USPTO, and an appropriate claim drafting strategy.

Articles of Association 2012

Document No: PUB 1/12 Posted: 23 October 2012
Articles of Association of the IP Federation, adopted by special resolution passed at the ninety-third Annual General Meeting on 13 July 2012 with effect from 18 October 2012