Thursday, August 10, 2006

Intellectual Property Law Wiki [UK]

David Pearce has created a website at that he says "contains an up to date complete consolidated, linked, annotated and searchable version of the UK Patents Act and Rules." According to David,

It is intended to be of use to anyone who has ever found it difficult to find their way round the often labyrinthine structure of the law at present, and in particular to prospective patent attorneys about to sit either the foundation or finals examinations.Also available (although not completely linked yet) is the Registered Designs Act 1949 and associated Rules. As of the 1st October, the Registered Designs Act will be amended by the Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006, and the Designs Rules will be replaced by the Registered Designs Rules 2006. The changes made to the Act have been made already (indicating which sections are to be changed), and the new Rules will be properly incorporated into this site shortly.

This being a wiki site, anyone can edit any page as well as create new pages. If you don't know what a wiki is, have a look here. Collaboration is the key to wiki sites, so do contribute if you have something to add. The more contributions, the more useful this resource will become. If you sign up as a member, you and others will be able to see what edits you have made.

"Wiki-wiki" means "hurry quick" in Hawaiian. The word is sometimes interpreted as the "backronym" for "What I know is," which describes the knowledge contribution, storage and exchange function of this format.

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