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ICSTI: Report on IPR and Science by the Royal Society (UK)

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  • Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 11:21:34 +0100 (BST)

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>From NFAIS notes (with apologies to those who have already received it)

Keeping Science Open: The effects of intellectual property policy on the
conduct of science, The Royal Society (UK)


With some overlap in content, this report covers intellectual property rights
 as they pertain to patents, copyright and database protection.  The Royal
 Society makes recommendations to the British government in matters of
 science and this report discusses "whether there could be improvements in
 the ways in the ways intellectual property law, its interpretation and its
 use impact on science."  A significant proportion of the report centers on
 patents, and the recommendations contained in the report reflect common
 concerns voiced across the global scientific community.

The committee which created the report was the Royal Society working
group on intellectual property.

The Members are:

Professor Roger Needham CBE FRS FREng (Chair), Managing Director,
Microsoft Research Ltd

Dr Mike Barlow, Head of Patents and Agreements, BP International Ltd

Sir Roger Elliott FRS, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, University 
Oxford and former Chief Executive Officer, Oxford University Press

Professor Peter Lawrenson FRS, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering,
University of Leeds

Ms Hilary Newiss, formerly Head of Intellectual Property Group, Denton Hall,

Professor John Pethica FRS, Research Professor at Trinity College Dublin, and
Materials Science, University of Oxford

Dr John Reid OBE, patent attorney Abel & Imray and Chairman of the 
Property Awareness Group

Sir John Sulston FRS, formerly Director, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,

Professor David Vaver, Reuters Professor of Intellectual Property and 
Technology Law, St. Peter's College,
University of Oxford



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