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President’s Introduction

The fourth industrial revolution has been heralded for the past decade but, at least for me, 2023 was the year it materialised, and intellectual property...

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Advancing industry’s view on intellectual property since 1920

The IP Federation was founded in 1920 as the Trade Marks, Patents and Designs Federation (TMPDF) in order to coordinate the views of industry and...

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President’s Introduction

The fourth industrial revolution has been heralded for the past decade but, at least for me, 2023 was the year it materialised, and intellectual property... Read more

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The IP Federation’s activities

The IP Federation’s campaigns The IP Federation engaged and continues to engage effectively with senior levels of Government on the potential impact of future free…

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Driving greater inclusion and diversity

This year the IP Federation held a Best Practice Workshop where members discussed and shared details of their DEI policies and procedures to identify and…


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IP Federation Gangnam-style

Stopping travel was another change. Personal travel has come back but business travel less so. I finally managed to get to Japan to visit my…


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IP Federation Objectives 2023/24

Mission. The IP Federation aims to improve the IP framework to meet the needs of innovative industry by representing, nationally and internationally, the views of…


IP Federation Patent Committee – expertise in practice

It’s rarely a route to fame or fortune to say you’re a member of any committee, let alone a specialist one in the arcane field…

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Patent law harmonisation

Since last year’s Review, there has been considerable activity in substantive patent law harmonisation (SPLH) . In early 2023, the EPO carried out a consultation…

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European Commission reforms: SPCs, SEPs and compulsory licences

On 27 April 2023, the European Commission unveiled its blueprint for patent legislative reform. The proposals focus on three key areas: standard essential patents (SEPs),…

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SPC policy issues over the last year

The inclusion of proposals for a Unitary Patent Office and Unitary SPCs as part of the EU Patent Package was big news in 2023. If…

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The first six months of the UPC: A summary of its orders and decisions

Since the Unified Patent Court (UPC) opened on 1 June 2023, some interesting themes are already beginning to emerge from the (only) four substantive decisions…

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Referrals to the Enlarged Board of Appeal

In 2022, the IP Federation submitted two amicus curiae briefs to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the European Patent Office in relation to…

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FRAND: a brave new post-Unwired Planet world

“The FRAND landscape will continue to develop considerably over the course of the next year in the UK and Europe”. That was the conclusion in…

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Patent law highlights on validity, 2023

Priority and anticipation The year began, in Nokia v OnePlus (16 January 2023)[1], with a judgment looking at the interpretation of a novelty-only citation where…

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Copyright, Data and AI – What are we trying to achieve anyway?

The past year has seen a whirlwind of debate, consultations, guidelines, roundtables, and listening sessions on copyright. It’s even been the topic of discussion in…

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Design Law – What Awaits in 2024?

For two years the IP Federation has been actively engaged in championing the views of UK industry in design law through debate and submissions with…

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IP Federation Trade Mark Committee – Back in the Saddle

The committee is now back in the saddle again, having finally come together in November 2023 in person. With continuing opportunities and challenges, both at…

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Key trade and IP update 2023:
Success for the Federation on long-standing trade IP goals!

Signature of UK’s Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) accession protocol in July 2023 The big news in trade and IP this year…

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EU Review of the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation

For background, Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (the Treaty) prohibits agreements between undertakings that restrict competition unless they…

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About us

IP Federation biographies 2023–2024

Danny Keenan, President Danny is a European patent attorney with 20 years of practical experience with managing patents, designs, trade secrets and technology-related agreements. Danny…

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David Overington Lewis OBE, 1931–2023

President of TMPDF, 1981–83

Pictured here at his OBE ceremony in 1991, with his son Richard and daughter Corinne (now deceased)

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