Shape IP Policy
The Intellectual Property Office has a strategy for engaging with customers.
What is a public consultation?
A consultation is a formal process for obtaining peoples opinions about projects or policies that might be implemented in the future, it involves listening to views and taking account of what is said in order to inform decisions. They provide a way of presenting information and gathering feedback within a specific timeframe. Consultations can be carried out using a variety of formats such as:
- written consultations,
- online consultations,
- focus groups,
- meetings or forums.
Why should people care?
Consultations give stakeholders the opportunity to be engaged and involved in decision making. Most decisions taken by Central and Local Government impact on everyone and whether or not you agree or disagree with a decision, the consultation process enables your views and feedback to be recorded and considered before any final decision is taken.
Why should anyone want to participate?
Before the introduction of any new legislation it is usual for the Government to use the formal Consultation process for getting peoples input for the Government's policy development work. There can be significant practical benefits to carrying out a formal, written consultation and this could be to scrutinize the Government’s proposed new policies. Opinions and feedback expressed during consultations could help to:
- Develop effective solutions;
- Identify the full range of affected parties;
- Tease out unexpected consequences ;and
- Lead to better implementation methods being discovered
Involving interested parties in policy development is also effective in increasing trust and engagement with stakeholders. This is because consultation:
- Promotes transparency and accountability
- Improves awareness and understanding of Intellectual Property (IP)
- Encourages public ownership of the IP issues therefore increasing commitment to it.
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|A list of our consultations which are open for comment. Consultation title is in the first column. Find the consultation you are interested in read across the row to find the category the consultation covers, consultation class, the date it was launched and the date it closes. Click on the consultation title to access the consultation document.|
|Balance of Competences Review||All||Discussion||16 May 2013||6 August 2013|
|Accelerated patent processing at the Intellectual Property Office: Introduction of a superfast service||Patents||Full||17 April 2013||12 June 2013|
|Discussion Paper on an Appointed Person for Patents||Patents||Discussion||26 March 2013||21 May 2013|
|Introduction of 1). a 'fast track' opposition procedure within the Trade Mark Tribunal, and 2). a refundable appeal fee for inter partes appeals to the Appointed Person.||Trade marks||Full||22 March 2013||17 May 2013|