Gowers debate highlights reform concerns
Effective patent enforcement and the scope of copyright protection proved the main topics for discussion at a debate organized by MIP in London last month
Some 150 IP practitioners, rights owners and campaigners had
an opportunity to debate the recommendations made in last
year's Gowers Review at a discussion arranged by MIP on January
30. The discussion was planned with the Stockholm Network and
hosted by law firm Lovells at its London office on January
A packed auditorium of IP practitioners heard a panel
representing different perspectives on IP address the
recommendations made in the Gowers Review and the issues they
The government-initiated Review was published in December
2006, and made 54 recommendations on ways to improve IP
protection, enforcement and balance in the UK. Gowers, a former
editor of the Financial Times, led a team of civil servants on
a year-long research project, which involved more than 500
submissions from interested parties. While the Review found
that IP is largely functioning well in the UK, it said there
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