The review

Our regulatory arrangements cover the full range of activities undertaken by regulated individuals and firms – from the requirements to qualify as a patent or trade mark attorney, the process for admission to the register(s), conduct and other requirements while on the register(s), complaints and disciplinary matters and removal or retirement from the register(s).

We are reviewing the regulatory arrangements in their entirety. In doing so, we will make them more streamlined and consistent. Unless there is evidence that a detailed, prescriptive rule is necessary (or there is a statutory requirement to include a specific matter), we intend to rely on high-level, broadly stated principles and give firms the flexibility to determine how they comply with those principles.

Consultation

We received a total of 31 written responses to our Call for Evidence which closed in February 2021 and the CEO had discussions with two firms. Responses came from a cross section of attorneys, firms and other stakeholders. The quality of the responses was very high and we appreciate all of the input provided.

Here you can find a summary of the responses we received. 

Next steps

This is a significant piece of work, both for IPReg and those we regulate. We do not envisage implementing any changes before Spring 2023, as we need to allow time for engagement, consultation and LSB approval of any changes to our regulatory arrangements.

As we develop our proposals over the coming months there will be many ways to get involved and all updates will be published here. If you would like to speak to us to discuss any aspect of the review, please get in touch.