Friday, 29th June 2012
UK: The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property: Where next?
Source: House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (UK)
From the Introduction:
The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property was commissioned by the Prime Minister in November 2010 to consider whether the UK’s intellectual property framework was up to the task of supporting innovation and growth. Its findings were contained in a report entitled Digital Opportunity, published in May 2011. Many of these findings recommended further investigation before determination of policy ; first, because the inquiry panel had had only six months in which to produce its report; and secondly because one of the most significant findings of the Review was the need for more evidence to support policy making in the field of intellectual property.
Following the Review, the Government published a response in August 2011 which largely endorsed Professor Hargreaves’ recommendations and set out a programme of consultation and policy development to take place over the following year. The programme contained an impressively detailed set of timescales for developing individual strands of policy, and it is commendable that those timescales have been adhered to.
Witnesses to our inquiry were invited to submit evidence on the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review and the resulting Government response, with particular reference to the overall strategic direction taken by the Hargreaves Review and the practicability of its proposals. We held evidence sessions on the proposals made in the Review in the latter months of 2011, following which, in late December 2011, the Government produced a Consultation on Copyright with a large number of greatly more detailed proposals. Responses to the Consultation were received in March 2012, and the Government is at the present time considering how to finalise policies in light of those responses. As they are current, we have taken the options presented in the Consultation as the main starting point for discussion of copyright matters in this Report.
Also in the period since our oral evidence sessions, the European Scrutiny Committee held its own set of evidence sessions on the proposed Unified Patents Court. As this was one of the topics we addressed, we have taken that Committee’s more recent evidence into account in reaching our conclusions on the Unified Patents Court.
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