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We are in a unique position where there are several patent harmonisation initiatives being pursued by the larger Patent Offices. There is an active industry participation in these activities and it is to be hoped that major changes that are beneficial to the users and the Offices result.
On 6 December 2011, the European Commission launched a public consultation for the revision of the current framework for the assessment of technology transfer agreements, including the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation (TTBER) and its corresponding Notice, scheduled to expire in April 2014.
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.
Resolutions of the IP Federation Council October 2012, passed on 19 October 2012 with immediate effect:
- Delegation of council’s power on policy positions in cases of urgency
- Open committees
- Terms of reference of the governance committee
- Quorum in council meetings
The Commission was instructed by the EU Council in 2008 to consider improvements to the current regulation (EC 1383/2003) under which customs authorities suspend goods for import, export or in transit when they appear to be counterfeit or pirated, or to otherwise infringe an IP right. The Council was increasingly concerned about the globalisation of counterfeiting, especially of dangerous counterfeit goods, and about the sale of counterfeits over the Internet. The Commission consulted widely during the first half of 2010 and is presently considering the results. The Federation has responded in the past to similar consultations but on this occasion, BUSINESSEUROPE responded on behalf of Europe-wide industry.