Feeds

Small firms to get ‘better protection’ with new patents bill

Arbitration option

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

Small businesses should soon be provided with better protection for their ideas under a new Patents Bill, the government has announced.

Ministers said the Bill will give small firms greater ability to enforce patent rights and will boost innovation.

The new Bill will:

  • Enable the Patents Office to provide an independent non-binding opinion on patent validity to settle disputes without conflicting firms to go through damaging court cases.

  • Bring UK patent law into line with European rules to allow British companies to operate more effectively on the continent.
  • Modify existing protection for alleged infringers to encourage more out-of-court settlements.

    A survey by British Gas last year found that a massive 79 per cent of small firms had no idea how to patent their work.

    Lord Sainsbury, minister for science and innovation, welcomed the new Bill.

    “The government is committed to improving the environment necessary to support and encourage innovation.

    “Effective, flexible and up-to-date patent law is essential to help businesses turn bright ideas into successful products and processes,” he said.

    Copyright © 2004,

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.