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In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two...

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Government Review of IP and Peer-to-Patent Project in UKIPO

On 4 November 2010 the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced a review (the Hargreaves Review) to look at, among other things, the cost and complexity of enforcing intellectual property rights within the UK and internationally and the cost and complexity to SMEs of accessing services to help them protect and exploit their IP. The six-month review is aimed at identifying barriers to growth within the IP framework. The call for evidence closed on 1 March 2011.

At the same time it was announced that the UK Intellectual Property Office will trial a peer-to-patent project which will allow registered third party contributors to comment on patent applications and to rate contributions to help improve the quality of granted patents.