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 James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Shadow Secretary of State (Trade and Industry) 3:15 pm, 15th June 2004

Yes, and that is fine as long as we do not have biotechnologists examining the difficulties of computer software. That is the sort of issue that we should consider. Many countries make greater use of court-appointed experts, but the leaders in their fields do not necessarily go in for that sort of work. If the Minister does not like this, what is he going to do instead?