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Mr. Cable: Disconnected from Digital Reality

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Rather out of the blue, Business Secretary Vince Cable has made a series of proposals affecting patents, copyright and trade marks:

Business Secretary Vince Cable, today set out new plans to make sure UK creativity and innovation supports growth. Speaking at The Big Innovation Centre, Dr Cable launched a range of measures that will improve services to business, strengthen enforcement, and help consumers get the most out of creative products and services.

The plans, which will involve a step change in the way the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) delivers services, include:

launching a superfast patent processing service to deliver patents in just 90 days and a faster trade marks examination service which will deliver a full examination report in five days, instead of 10;

a campaign to educate smaller businesses about getting the best value from their creativity and innovation;

action to help consumers and young people understand the importance of respect for IP and the harm counterfeiting or illegal downloading can do; and

working with key partners, such as the City of London Police, to tackle IP crime such as counterfeiting and online piracy.

Let's take a look at these in turn.