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Gowers Review of Intellectual Property

Summary
The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property was an independent review of UK intellectual property (IP) focusing on UK copyright law that was published in December 2006. The then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown commissioned Andrew Gowers to lead the review in December 2005. The Review was published on 6 December 2006 as part of the Chancellor's annual pre-budget report. The review concludes that the UK's intellectual property system is fundamentally strong but made 54 recommendations for improvements. Recommendations Instruments - Balance
  • 1 - "Amend section 60(5) of the Patents Act 1977 to clarify the research exception to facilitate experimentation, innovation and education"
  • 2 - "Enable educational provisions to cover distance learning and interactive whiteboards by 2008 by amending sections 35 and 36 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988"
  • 3 - "The European Commission should retain the length of protection on sound recordings and performe
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