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Licensing Law - Keep Up To Date with Legal and Business Issues

LES Britain & Ireland has an active Laws Committee. All LES members are invited to join in and help review proposals for law changes and related issues. The functions of the Committee are to update members - by publishing articles in our newsletter NewsXchange and arranging seminars - and, where appropriate, to respond to official requests for comments and submissions. Contact the Committee Chair. Fuller details of the Committee are given at the bottom of this page.

Recent Submissions

Consultation Launched on Standardised Tobacco Packaging [The consultation now ends on 10th August 2012, rather than 10th July as originally proposed.]

Department of Health Consultation on Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products - Response Form

Response of Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland) to the Department of Health Consultation on Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products - 16th July 2012

RESPONSE OF THE LESI EUROPEAN COMMITTEE TO THE COMMISSION’S QUESTIONNAIRE FOR STAKEHOLDERS IN ITS REVIEW OF THE CURRENT REGIME FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AGREEMENTS - 3 Feb 2012

Prepared by LESI with input from the LES (B&I) Laws Committee and particularly Susan Singleton, and from Jennifer Pierce

Letter to Baroness Wilcox on the Unitary European Patent - 20 Dec 2011
Letter to the Prime Minister asking for support for location of the proposed Unified European Patents Court in London - 18 Nov 2011

Recent important resources
BIS Inovation for Research - Strategy for Growth - 11 Jan 2012
Draft Agreement
on Unified Patent Court - 11 Nov 2011

Issues for consideration
Public Consultation on Digital Copyright Exchange - 11 Jan 2012
Public Consultation
on reform of design law - 19 Dec 2011
Public Consultation on reform of copyright law - 14 Dec 2011
Public Consultation on implementation of EU Directive extending copyright term for performers' rights - 9 Dec 2011
Public Consultation
on the EU Technology Transfer Block Exemptions - 6 Dec 2011

References to the ECJ
The Committee routinely monitors references to the ECJ, listed here

Also see Laws Archive.

LES Laws Committee
The role of the Laws Committee of LES B&I is to lobby on proposed changes to the law which may affect licensing and to educate and inform members of LES B&I on those changes. The Committee focuses most closely on changes to the law in the UK and the EU, but it also tries to keep an eye on major changes abroad, particularly in the USA. The Committee is in regular communication with the UKIPO and its associated bodies, and provides input to the EU and the European Patent Office, on matters affecting IP law and practice. The educating/information role is carried out in a number of ways:

  • Articles in News Exchange
  • Contributions at the LES (B&I) Annual Conference
  • Evening meetings

The Committee meets five times a year usually, in Central London. Members who cannot come in person are encouraged to join in by telephone conferencing.
If you would like to help with the work of the Committee, work please contact the Chairman, Richard Willoughby, on laws@les-bi.org or by ‘phone on 020 7269 8581