6 Conclusion |
168. A considerable amount of
high-quality work on policy development has been undertaken in
the year since the Hargreaves Review. It will be important to
maintain that momentum alongside the more rigorous approach to
policy formation that Hargreaves recommended. Conclusions are
near to formation in many areas, and the Government should press
ahead with measures to implement new policy in those areas as
soon as possible. We recommend that the Department act swiftly
to bring in legislation to that effect.
169. While we recognise that
the Government is undertaking a major reform in a complex area,
changes are both necessary and urgent. We therefore will expect
the Government to set out its road-map for implementation, including
a timetable for legislative action, in its Response to our Report.
170. We have major concerns
about the proposed Unified Patents Court treaty. The treaty has
the potential to offer great benefits to the UK but only if UK
interests are protected. The Government's current approach does
not provide a robust defence of those interests. We believe that
the Government needs to reconsider its strategy and the capability
of the negotiation team as a matter of urgency.