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Tuesday, 22 July 2003

UK GOVERNMENT SLAMMED FOR FAILURE TO PROTECT SMEs

In a letter to The Times legal supplement today 268 signatories -- including clockwork radio inventor Trevor Bayliss OBE -- pillory the UK government’s attitude towards patent enforcement, particularly with regard to the plight of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). “If Government set out to design a patent system that failed to meet the needs of SME inventors and discouraged innovation, then the one in place would be close to it”, they complain. In place of the current system they advocate compulsory arbitration of patent disputes as well as the establishment of a patent defence union and the introduction of additional damages for infringement. “It is high time that the Government delivered on its promise to support Britain’s innovative businesses and individuals” by introducing the changes outlined in their letter.

Click here for the EU’s CORDIS programme on innovation and SMEs. Find out here how clockwork radios work. Learn here how ideas21 can help SMEs.

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