New Clause 1 - Compulsory binding technical arbitration for new and existing patents

Part of Patents Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 15th June 2004.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater 3:00 pm, 15th June 2004

The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point, but he may remember that Microsoft took on the American Government and won. We will not get people who have the capability to look at such cases in an arbitrary way. One manufacturer took on IBM, and IBM's entire aim was to bankrupt that person. We will not get people who are far enough away from any one concern to undertake that employment.