Total Documents: 56


IP Federation Trade Mark Committee – A view from in-house

Document No: PUB 20K/22 Posted: 06 March 2023
2022 was a year of revival and settling down. As we emerged from remote working brought about by the Covid pandemic, the new realities of work away from the office and the resulting benefits and challenges became clearer. The end of 2022 rear-view mirror was useful. The almost immediate transition to remote working and complete cessation of travel from February 2020 throughout 2021 proved that our IP and broader service teams were nimble. In-house and external legal teams pivoted almost seamlessly to an online digital world. Teleconferencing and video calls catapulted previously camera-shy individuals to new ways of working and interaction. Trade mark offices and some courts turbocharged their digitalisation and remote functionalities. Were it not for the Covid pandemic surely these developments would have taken longer. Trade mark processes and litigation continued largely electronically and successfully.

IP Federation archive made available to the public

Document No: PUB 21E/21 Posted: 22 December 2021
Legal scholars, business historians, and others now have access to a wealth of previously unavailable material showing how business reacted to and lobbied on IP law from 1920 to 1989. Until recently, the archive of the IP Federation was stored in a warehouse in Chatham, save for a few items retained in the IP Federation office. Operating under the IP Federation’s document retention and destruction policy, Council deemed the archive as suitable for donation to a scholarly library subject to a “30-year rule”. As a result, since mid-2021, this material has been publicly available in the Weston Library in Oxford, which houses the “special collections” of the Bodleian, the main research library of the University. Legal scholars and business historians have access to a wealth of material from the foundation of the Federation in 1920 up to the end of 1989.  

International Trade and Intellectual Property

Document No: PUB 21I/21 Posted: 22 December 2021

A Vision in support of the UK Government’s Trade Strategy

With the world on the cusp of a 4th Industrial Revolution promising emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing, AI and genomics, it is critical to get the IP aspects of trade deals right. In view of the speed of progress, any obstacles to innovation and IP will damage the UK’s economy for decades. The profound global challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic make successful outcomes from trade negotiations even more important.  

IP Federation biographies 2021–2022

Document No: PUB 21O/21 Posted: 22 December 2021
Sonia Cooper, President Sonia is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European patent attorney with over 20 years of practical experience in all aspects of intellectual property, gained both in private practice and in industry. Sonia specialises in the fields of software, artificial intelligence and telecommunications and has a degree in physics from the University of Bristol, a master’s degree in the management of intellectual property from Queen Mary University of London and a graduate diploma in law from the University of Law. Sonia is responsible for IP policy in Europe at Microsoft and works closely with Microsoft Research in Cambridge. She has represented Microsoft on the Council of the IP Federation since 2017 and chairs the IP Federation data & copyright committee. Outside work, Sonia enjoys spending time with family, friends as well as hiking and camping with her Labrador, “Sunny”.  

IP Federation Review 2021

Document No: PUB 20/21 Posted: 15 December 2021
ISSN 2634-3207 It is a pleasure and honour to introduce this edition of the IP Federation’s annual review. In a departure from tradition, I feel compelled this year not to reflect on the work we have done, but to address the work ahead. More than ever, society is aware of the challenges humankind is facing. The pandemic and the urgent action needed to address climate change have required us all to consider what, collectively, we can do to overcome these challenges. The private sector’s role in addressing them is crucial. It requires collaboration and a new paradigm of thinking. – Sonia Cooper, President

IP Federation Review 2020

Document No: PUB 20/20 Posted: 22 December 2020
ISSN 2634-3207 – formerly Trends and Events, ISSN 2046-3049 It is a privilege to introduce this, our centenary edition, of the annual journal of the IP Federation. In marking such a milestone, it is natural to look back at our achievements over the last hundred years, including our contributions on intellectual property (IP) issues. Alongside articles reflecting on our history and successes, you will find this edition packed with commentary on topics challenging the entire IP framework. – Scott Roberts, President

IP Federation celebrates 100th birthday by fighting COVID-19 and improving social mobility

Document No: PUB 20A/20 Posted: 01 February 2021
In 1920, the Spanish flu was raging its final battle against the world. By the end of 1920, it had infected a third of the world's population (an estimated 500 million people) and killed 50 million. Europe was seeing a rise of far-right radicalized political movements. In August 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment became part of the US Constitution giving women the right to vote, although it would be decades later when that right would be afforded to all women. The boom of economies in the 1920s would soon come to an end, with Black Tuesday leading to the Great Depression. Though many people didn't know it when the Paris Peace Conference ended, another world war was just around the corner. At the same time, the world witnessed great leaps in progress in science, technology and the arts. By the end of the 1920s, the world would benefit from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, the first liquid-fueled rocket, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Winnie-the-Pooh. And on 23 April 1920, the IP Federation (previously known as the less catchy Trade Marks Patents and Designs Federation) was established.  

International Trade and Intellectual Property

Document No: PUB 20B/20 Posted: 01 February 2021
The UK’s departure from the European Union provides the opportunity for the negotiation of new international free trade agreements with trade partners around the world. In July 2018 the UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT) launched four separate 14-week public consultations on trade negotiations with the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and on potential accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The IP Federation responded to those consultations in October 2018 – IP Federation policy paper PP 6/18. With the subsequent withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, the UK’s focus on securing exciting new trading deals with many nations and regions, including the US, Canada, Japan, the EU, Australia, New Zealand and the CPTPP, has intensified.

IP Federation biographies 2020–2021

Document No: PUB 20F/20 Posted: 01 February 2021
Scott Roberts, President Scott is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent attorney with 20 years of experience in patents gained in both industry and private practice. Scott joined the patent profession after 10 years’ experience as a software engineer and a period lecturing in computer science. He has worked in-house at both British Telecommunications and IBM specialising in comput­ing and telecommunications technologies. Scott has represented both BT and IBM at the IP Federation since 2008 and chaired the IP Federation patent committee from 2016 to 2019.
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