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

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

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Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs) 3:15 pm, 15th June 2004

I am not suggesting that things are hopeless, or that all this is about people who have no knowledge of the matter. The right hon. Gentleman knows that the patents county court, which I will mention on winding up, has a user group comprised of technical people. Mandy Haberman, one of the people to whom the hon. Member for Gordon referred, is a member of the patents county court user group. There are experts, but they operate in a particular framework.