[Linux-aus] Adelphi charter: Open source friendly charter proposed for UK IP body
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Fri Jul 21 10:21:02 UTC 2006
An open source friendly charter:
Adelphi charter: New priorities proposed for UK IP body
The London-based Creative Economy Forum has called for a new body, the
Office of Intellectual Property (OfIP), to replace the Patent Office.
The body should be set up by statute and modelled on industry regulators
such as OfCom. Its task would be to ensure intellectual property laws
serve the public interest by encouraging more creativity and innovation.
It would follow the principles of the RSA Adelphi Charter on Creativity,
Innovation and Intellectual Property.
There is an urgent need for a new body to provide government with
independent, expert, policy-oriented research, said John Howkins,
Director of the Creative Economy Forum.
We propose the government restructure the Patent Office as a statutory
body with explicit public interest responsibilities. It would function
as a regulatory body. One model is Ofcom, which regulates the
communications industries according to the public interest and fair
competition. The new Office of Intellectual Property (OfIP) would take
on all the Patent Office's existing powers and responsibilities but
operate within a policy framework shaped by the public interest.
Government would have to account for the public interest instead of a
narrow business focus as now.
In essence, the new body would have wider responsibilities, which might
worry some people, but it would be much more accountable.
mary.smith at creativeeconomy.com
RSA Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property.
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