PraxisUnico supports the general direction of travel as indicated in the Hargreaves Report and in the Governments response.
We agree that:
a. change is needed;
b. International cooperation and work sharing is essential, particularly across the EU. We agree with working collaboratively with countries within the EU even where a single agreement cannot be reached with all member states (following the recent decisions on EU wide patents);
c. The IPO should have a stronger mandate;
d. A single EU patent is essential and must be pursued vigorously;
We disagree that patent fee costs are a suitable control mechanism for patent thickets. The costs incurred in securing professional advice relating to patenting far outweigh the patent filing costs.