Total Documents: 147


IP Federation Data Privacy Policy – members

Document No: PUB 2/19 Posted: 21 October 2019
The Federation collects, processes, and uses data relating to representation of members of the Federation, past or potential membership of the Federation or appointment as policy advisor or consultant. We also collect data on individuals who visit our website. The data we hold on individuals typically includes:
  1. Contact details such as names, job title, employer name, office addresses, telephone and fax numbers, email and website addresses.
  2. Financial data provided by individuals to enable reimbursement of expenses by the Federation such as bank account name, number and sort code.
  3. Activity data on member representatives or policy advisors relating to participation in meetings or committees or any offices or positions held.
  4. Personnel data: where appropriate the Federation records data about the people we employ, have employed or otherwise worked with, either directly or in the capacity of contractors or consultants.
  5. Website and communication data relating to use of our website.
  6. Data about your communications with us.

IP Federation Data Privacy Policy – employees

Document No: PUB 1/19 Posted: 21 October 2019
The Federation collects, processes, and uses data on employees typically relating to:
  1. Contact details such as names, job title, home addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses.
  2.  Bank details such as bank account name, number and sort code to enable payment of salaries and related payments.
  3. Contracts of employment including working hours, annual salary, potential and actual bonuses and any other payments made.
  4. Attendance records, annual leave and performance reviews.
  5. Sickness records and any reasons given for sickness absence.
  6. Any disciplinary proceedings, formal or informal.

Trends and Events 2018

Document No: PUB 20/18 Posted: 16 August 2018
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.

Brexit: the clock ticks

Document No: PUB 20a/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
‘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 European Union (EU) law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published[1]. It indicates that, assuming the UK and the EU reach agreement on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, this will include a ‘transition period’ lasting from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. During the transition period (if agreed) the status quo would largely remain in place for intellectual property. The relationship between the UK and the EU beyond 2020 remains a matter of negotiation. [1] Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of 19 March 2018, updated by a joint statement from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom government on progress of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union, of 19 June 2018.

EPO update

Document No: PUB 20b/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
The Federation continually engages with the European Patent Office (EPO) to provide input to consultations on matters relating to implementing and ancillary regulations to the European Patent Convention (EPC) and to procedures of the EPO. The Federation maintains ongoing working relationships with EPO representatives, including meetings with the President and Directors throughout the year.

European Patent Reform

Document No: PUB 20c/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
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 12 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.

IP Federation biographies 2017–2018

Document No: PUB 20d/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
James is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, and has a Masters in IP litigation. He has over 20 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after obtaining a degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford. James has rep­resented Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) on the Council of the IP Federation since 2013, and previously served on the IP Fed­eration patent com­mittee. He is an inaugural industry member in the IAM list of the World’s 300 Leading IP Strategists. James has worked on a range of subject areas in the pharma­ceu­tical and biotechnological sectors. He is also a member of the IP Committees of BusinessEurope, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA). He lives and works in the UK. In life outside MSD, he is an active Christian and a member of an evangelical church. He also enjoys teaching science to his daughter, exploring England and reading good books.

IP Inclusive

Document No: PUB 20e/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
Following a proposal from Andrea Brewster in early 2015, IP Inclusive was officially launched at the end of November 2015 with the support of the Founding Organisations – CIPA, CITMA, IP Federation and FICPI-UK – and of the UK IPO, and 12 Charter signatories. Now IP Inclusive stands at 125 Charter signatories coming from all areas of the IP world, who thereby make a public commitment to the IP Inclusive principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. IP Inclusive has recently won the 2018 memcom membership excellence award for “Best Equality or Diversity Campaign” to add to the 2017 Managing IP award for Corporate Social Responsibility and to the OBE awarded to Andrea Brewster from last year. The memcom judges were looking for “evidence of a clear strategy / defined target audience” and “a practical and uncompromising campaign delivering lasting impact”. We very much hope the latter will be fulfilled.

IP Industrial Strategy – Call for Views

Document No: PUB 20f/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
Following previous HMG consultations in 2012 and 2016 in this area, we can now report that HMG launched a further consultation on its plans for an “ambitious new Industrial Strategy” in October 2017.  The IP Federation among others have positively engaged in this process. We welcome HMG’s continued firm commitment to encouraging innovation, and particularly collaboration and commercialisation relating to innovation. While we continue to support all HMG initiatives which are designed to achieve these goals for all innovators, such initiatives should be properly coordinated across HMG departments and agencies, developed in close consultation with large and small businesses, and supported by economic impact assessments. These should also support the wider UK prosperity agenda. (See also our previous policy papers PP 9/12, PP 6/16 and PP 8/17 in this regard.) Having considered the example proposals in the latest consultation document, we have offered the following specific comments.

Patent harmonisation

Document No: PUB 20g/18 Posted: 12 September 2018
The last review in Trends and Events on the topic of patent harmonisation (cf, Trends and Events, 2015) looked forward to a stepping up of work on SPLH from the B+ Sub-Group and from the Industry Trilateral, all working under the remit of the Group B+. Through 2017 and to date in 2018, the Industry Trilateral (IT3) has met numerous times, and with increasing frequency, both in person and via WebEx calls with the aim of trying to reach agreement on a possible SPLH package that could be acceptable to users.
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