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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO), UK Government agency responsible for developing Intellectual Property (IP) policy and legislation, has launched a public consultation to review and adapt the current systems and processes for IP offices.
The ‘One IPO Transformation programme’ is being developed with the aim to transform the services the IPO provides. This will be a single, integrated system for all registered IP rights focused on the key tasks the users need to perform.
The current legislation that the IPO operations were originally designed around are not suitable for digital processes. The current services are adapted to fit an electronic form, however, to remove the current legal barriers and address inconsistencies to fit a digital platform, the legislation needs to be reviewed.
This consultation is being launched to address potential legal changes needed for the ‘One IPO Transformation programme’. There are two parts to this consultation:
- Part A focuses on proposed changes to the law to enable digital transformation of the IPO services. They are seeking evidence and views on a range of options on how the legislation could be altered to better support innovation.
- Part B focuses on proposed changes to the IPO’s Tribunal function to improve the service provided and align processes.
The consultation will close on 6 January 2023.
For more information and to respond to the consultation, click here.