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NO to weaker patents

Written by Sebina Auckburally on 04 December 2006

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The Financial Times has reported that watering down patents would be opposed by businesses and academics if they gave less protection

The report was performed on behalf of the IP firm Marks & Clerk. It included over 300 business and academics. The research highlighted key points. 84% said the speed of a patent application was less important than the actual examination of whether a patent could be awarded or rejected. 

The majority of the people questioned preferred a Europe wide IPR rather than a separate IPR in each country. This reinforces the idea of a pan-European patent which is being considered in Europe. Lastly, almost all of the people who were questioned considered that a Europeanenforcement of IPR, would reduce costs which contradict a general belief that a pan-European patent would actually increase cost.

The research was conducted in the run up to the Gower’s Review of Intellectual Property report.

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