Total Documents: 56


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.

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.

Intellectual property (IP) law and Brexit – summary of main requests for the UK government

Document No: PUB 2/17 Posted: 04 January 2018

Joint Brexit note providing a short list of the biggest areas where UK government action is neces­sary to ensure continuity and certainty of IP law and to prevent disruption both to undertakings which use IP services and IP service providers. Key recommendations are made in the following areas:

  1. Continuation of EU-derived IP rights.
  2. Unitary Patent / Unified Patent Court Agreement.
  3. Exhaustion of rights.
  4. Rights of representation.
  5. Mutual recognition of judgments.

and written or supported by the following organisations that represent the main UK IP professions, including IP solicitors, IP barristers, chartered patent attorneys, and chartered trade mark attorneys:

  • Law Society of England and Wales 
  • Intellectual Property Bar Association 
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys 
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys 
  • IP Federation

IP Federation Equal Opportunities Policy

Document No: PUB 1/16 Posted: 13 June 2016

The IP Federation is committed to promoting diversity and to providing equal opportunities for all staff and job applicants. We acknowledge the unique contribution that all individuals can make. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity, paternity, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, age or any other inappropriate or irrelevant criteria or distinction. We aim to create an inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to fulfil their potential and make use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

India National Intellectual Property Policy

Document No: PUB 20E/15 Posted: 04 March 2016

The Indian Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has con­sti­tuted an IPR Think Tank to draft a National Intellectual Property Policy and to advise DIPP on IPR (intel­lect­ual property rights) issues. The Indian Govern­ment has been con­sulting on the National Intellect­ual Property Policy, and the first official draft was released by DIPP on 25 December 2014.

In its response, policy paper 2/15, the IP Federation first observed that the Think Tank notes that an objective of the Draft IPR Policy should be to “guide and enable all creators and inventors to realize their potential for generating, protecting and utilizing IP which would contribute to wealth creation, employment opportunities and business develop­ment.” It also aims to “foster predictability, clarity and transparency in the entire IP regime in order to provide a secure and stable climate for stimulating inventions and creations, and augmenting research, trade, technology transfer and investment.”

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