The Press-Release Continues:
Mr Cameron said:The Press-release continues, noting that Baroness Wilcox also commented on the manner in which the internet has changed the business landscape:
"I can announce today that we are reviewing our IP laws, to see if we can make them fit forthe internet age."
The Blueprint also reveals the Intellectual Property Office will trial a peer to patent project,which will allow people to comment on patent applications and rate contributions to help improve the quality of granted patents.
The six-month review aims to identify barriers to growth within the IP framework, which consists of the rules and regulations covering how IP is created, used and protected in this country.
It will particularly focus on how the IP system can be improved to help the new business models arising from the digital age."
"An IP system created in the era of paper and pen may not fit the age of broadband and satellites. We must ensure it meets the needs of the digital age."There was also a great deal of talk about IP 'helping' and 'not hindering' companies that operate in highly skilled, technology sectors - with reference being specifically made to rights clearance systems akin to those available under fair use of copyright works in the US.
The scope of the review is stated to include examination of:
- Barriers to new internet-based business models, including the costs of obtaining permissions from existing rights-holders;
- The cost and complexity of enforcing intellectual property rights within the UK and internationally;
- The interaction between IP and Competition frameworks;
- The cost and complexity to SMEs of accessing services to help them protect and exploit their IP.
- The review will also look at what the UK can learn from the US rules covering the use of copyright material without the rights-holder's permission.
"Patent examiners cannot be expected to have access to all the information already in the public domain and this project aims to address that.
In the trial selected patent applications would be available for people to comment on and crucially rate each other comments. The highest rated comments would then be submitted to the patent examiner."The trial follows similar projects elsewhere (most notably in the U.S. and Australia).