Do not restrict trade for a European Patent Attorney

Under section 276 of the Copyright design and patents act, it is an offence to refer to yourself in the course of business as a "patent agent" or "patent attorney" unless you are registered on the UK register of patent attorneys.

 

Section 277 allows a person who is on the European list of patent attorneys to use the term "European patent attorney" or "European patent agent" without any contravention of section 276. However, Section 277 does not go far enough. In the current situation, a European Patent Attorney may be at risk of legal action if they advertise in a telephone book or internet database under a category of a "patent agent" or "patent attorney". Such telephone books and internet listing databases are generally able to provide only one category to cover qualified patent agents and attorneys, and since the term "patent agent" or "patent attorney" is broader (covering both UK and European qualified people) it is one of these terms that tends to be adopted. In the present situation, a European but not UK Patent Attorney arguably must be careful about listing themselves under the category "patent agent" or "patent attorney". This situation unfairly restricts the trade of European Patent Attorneys.

Section 277 could be simply rephrased so that use of the term "patent agent" or "patent attorney" by a "European patent attorney" is acceptable WHERE IT IS CLEAR FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL LISTING ON ANY DATABASE UNDER THE CATEGORY "PATENT AGENT" OR "PATENT ATTORNEY" THAT THE SERVICES BEING OFFERED ARE THOSE OF A "EUROPEAN PATENT ATTORNEY" OR "EUROPEAN PATENT AGENT". Such a statement in the individual listing provide clarity for the public and allows European Patent Attorneys to advertise themselves without fear of unfair legal action that restraints trade.

 

Why is this idea important?

Under section 276 of the Copyright design and patents act, it is an offence to refer to yourself in the course of business as a "patent agent" or "patent attorney" unless you are registered on the UK register of patent attorneys.

 

Section 277 allows a person who is on the European list of patent attorneys to use the term "European patent attorney" or "European patent agent" without any contravention of section 276. However, Section 277 does not go far enough. In the current situation, a European Patent Attorney may be at risk of legal action if they advertise in a telephone book or internet database under a category of a "patent agent" or "patent attorney". Such telephone books and internet listing databases are generally able to provide only one category to cover qualified patent agents and attorneys, and since the term "patent agent" or "patent attorney" is broader (covering both UK and European qualified people) it is one of these terms that tends to be adopted. In the present situation, a European but not UK Patent Attorney arguably must be careful about listing themselves under the category "patent agent" or "patent attorney". This situation unfairly restricts the trade of European Patent Attorneys.

Section 277 could be simply rephrased so that use of the term "patent agent" or "patent attorney" by a "European patent attorney" is acceptable WHERE IT IS CLEAR FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL LISTING ON ANY DATABASE UNDER THE CATEGORY "PATENT AGENT" OR "PATENT ATTORNEY" THAT THE SERVICES BEING OFFERED ARE THOSE OF A "EUROPEAN PATENT ATTORNEY" OR "EUROPEAN PATENT AGENT". Such a statement in the individual listing provide clarity for the public and allows European Patent Attorneys to advertise themselves without fear of unfair legal action that restraints trade.

 

stop over regulation of gas engineers

Gas engineers have to go to college every five years and take the same exams over and over again. The cost is massive with all the different modules required, basic safety, flues, cookers, fires, boilers etc. Plus the three or four days off of work.

I have now done it four times and every time it has been exactly the same, what is the point !

I did a five year apprenticeship to start with which covered everything, now I have to keep on doing the same exam every five years. We are not stupid, if there are any updates we need to know we can read it in the Gas Safe Magazine.

There is a huge training con here making a very good living of off the backs of gas engineers. 

Why is this idea important?

Gas engineers have to go to college every five years and take the same exams over and over again. The cost is massive with all the different modules required, basic safety, flues, cookers, fires, boilers etc. Plus the three or four days off of work.

I have now done it four times and every time it has been exactly the same, what is the point !

I did a five year apprenticeship to start with which covered everything, now I have to keep on doing the same exam every five years. We are not stupid, if there are any updates we need to know we can read it in the Gas Safe Magazine.

There is a huge training con here making a very good living of off the backs of gas engineers. 

Support British Industry!

As a postal worker these past 17 years, I remember once reading in a Royal Mail publication how the company prided itself in supporting British industry. This was a reference to the buying of a new fleet of vans – traditionally British Leyland or Ford more often than not. Nowadays, though such a policy is all but forgotten as, somewhere along the line when no-one was looking, all our new vans seem to be Peugeots or Fiats.

The Police, too seem to use a lot of foreign cars and mainly B.M.W. motorcycles.

We could do with a new policy for all Government departments, namely the Post Office, Police, N.H.S. and Fire Brigade to buy British.

We have perfectly good motorcycles making a huge range of models in the forms of Triumph, Norton and Hesketh. There are also many commercial vehicle manufacturers out there.

Why is this idea important?

As a postal worker these past 17 years, I remember once reading in a Royal Mail publication how the company prided itself in supporting British industry. This was a reference to the buying of a new fleet of vans – traditionally British Leyland or Ford more often than not. Nowadays, though such a policy is all but forgotten as, somewhere along the line when no-one was looking, all our new vans seem to be Peugeots or Fiats.

The Police, too seem to use a lot of foreign cars and mainly B.M.W. motorcycles.

We could do with a new policy for all Government departments, namely the Post Office, Police, N.H.S. and Fire Brigade to buy British.

We have perfectly good motorcycles making a huge range of models in the forms of Triumph, Norton and Hesketh. There are also many commercial vehicle manufacturers out there.

Allow the sale of fried fish on Sundays

Currently it is perfectly legal to sell Indian or Chinese (or other ethnic food)  on Sundays. It is also legal to sell sausage & chips, pie & chips etc on Sundays. Yet it is illegal to sell fried fish on Sunday (although in some areas the law is not enforced). This means that fast food of foreign origin can be sold freely, whilst the main native fast food, fish & chips, cannot legally be sold on Sunday.

Why is this idea important?

Currently it is perfectly legal to sell Indian or Chinese (or other ethnic food)  on Sundays. It is also legal to sell sausage & chips, pie & chips etc on Sundays. Yet it is illegal to sell fried fish on Sunday (although in some areas the law is not enforced). This means that fast food of foreign origin can be sold freely, whilst the main native fast food, fish & chips, cannot legally be sold on Sunday.

Get out of Europe

We should leave the EU.

Repeal the laws that have taken sovereignty away from the people and their Parliament. 

All functionaries of the Eu now in our Parliament must, by law, declare an interest everytime they speak – as their penssions are conditional on the supporting the EU – and so doing down the UK.

I am very happy to trade with Europe, and to visit it – and have Europeans come here to play or to work.

The EU – with its unaccountable bureaucrcy, is a source of far too many rules and regulations – som probably sensible, if not strictly necessary; others, like bent cucumbers [I know that, finally, has been repealed] simply beyond parody.

Why is this idea important?

We should leave the EU.

Repeal the laws that have taken sovereignty away from the people and their Parliament. 

All functionaries of the Eu now in our Parliament must, by law, declare an interest everytime they speak – as their penssions are conditional on the supporting the EU – and so doing down the UK.

I am very happy to trade with Europe, and to visit it – and have Europeans come here to play or to work.

The EU – with its unaccountable bureaucrcy, is a source of far too many rules and regulations – som probably sensible, if not strictly necessary; others, like bent cucumbers [I know that, finally, has been repealed] simply beyond parody.

Freedom for temporary trading, pop-up businesses and one-off events for profit.

It should be easier and simpler to allow people to trade on  a temporary basis, Please free them from the laborious paperwork and rregistration equirements which inhibit initiative.

This would enable people to  viably test their business ideas out and learn before taking the leap into self-employment

Encourage financial self-sufficiency and innovation.

Give an opportunity for those who are disabled or too ill to work full time to help themselves when they can.

Encourage the use of temporary shop premises between long-lets, preventing them from beign squatted or beign an empty eyesore on the High Street.

Why is this idea important?

It should be easier and simpler to allow people to trade on  a temporary basis, Please free them from the laborious paperwork and rregistration equirements which inhibit initiative.

This would enable people to  viably test their business ideas out and learn before taking the leap into self-employment

Encourage financial self-sufficiency and innovation.

Give an opportunity for those who are disabled or too ill to work full time to help themselves when they can.

Encourage the use of temporary shop premises between long-lets, preventing them from beign squatted or beign an empty eyesore on the High Street.

LIFT SMOKING BAN IN PUBS & CLUBS at management’s discretion

Let publicans decide whether to allow smoking in their establishments. Let CIU Clubs decide whether to lift the ban in their establishments. Give Pubs & Clubs, Bingo Halls, Betting Shops and other adult establishments the power to decide whether they want to lift the ban in adult over 18 establishments. Get rid of Nanny State Politics. Let the people decide.

Why is this idea important?

Let publicans decide whether to allow smoking in their establishments. Let CIU Clubs decide whether to lift the ban in their establishments. Give Pubs & Clubs, Bingo Halls, Betting Shops and other adult establishments the power to decide whether they want to lift the ban in adult over 18 establishments. Get rid of Nanny State Politics. Let the people decide.

Remove lawyers from the initial drafting process

Trade legislation should be decided by negotiation between the traders and the enforcers, with legal input only to tidy it up at the end.

 

All to often the drafters produce unduly complex and awkward legislation and expect everyone else to accept it with just mior amendments (the old Price MaArking Bargain Offers regs required that pople wade through a whole section that relied on a triple negative for its effect)

Why is this idea important?

Trade legislation should be decided by negotiation between the traders and the enforcers, with legal input only to tidy it up at the end.

 

All to often the drafters produce unduly complex and awkward legislation and expect everyone else to accept it with just mior amendments (the old Price MaArking Bargain Offers regs required that pople wade through a whole section that relied on a triple negative for its effect)

Allow free market places in towns and cities

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Why is this idea important?

Every weekend, or at least one day of every week a part of town (e.g. an open square) should become a free market place. Perhaps people should still have to register (through the council) so there is some form of quality control, but the important thing is that a market place should be provided for free, without the need for a traders licence, and that the market should be facillitated (i.e. tables and covers provided).

Scrap the Sunday Trading regulations

In today's global society every day is important for trade, and the current Sunday trading regulations seem to be stifling for businesses and economic growth.

I believe that if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, and Sunday treat as a normal trading day, that this could help the economy and create more jobs.

One disadvantage of this would be that currently workers can refuse to work on Sundays – however, I see no reason why, if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, an amendment could be made to the working time directive to state that workers are allowed to stipulate one day a week that they refuse to work. This could safeguard vital time together for families, and also be beneficial to many religious groups. Currently it is only Sundays which people can opt out of, which is beneficial to many Christians – but if people could choose their own opt out day then Christians would still be able to opt out of Sundays, Jews may wish to opt out of Saturdays, Muslims may wish to opt out of Fridays – the freedom would be there to choose whichever day is important to you.

Why is this idea important?

In today's global society every day is important for trade, and the current Sunday trading regulations seem to be stifling for businesses and economic growth.

I believe that if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, and Sunday treat as a normal trading day, that this could help the economy and create more jobs.

One disadvantage of this would be that currently workers can refuse to work on Sundays – however, I see no reason why, if the Sunday trading regulations were scrapped, an amendment could be made to the working time directive to state that workers are allowed to stipulate one day a week that they refuse to work. This could safeguard vital time together for families, and also be beneficial to many religious groups. Currently it is only Sundays which people can opt out of, which is beneficial to many Christians – but if people could choose their own opt out day then Christians would still be able to opt out of Sundays, Jews may wish to opt out of Saturdays, Muslims may wish to opt out of Fridays – the freedom would be there to choose whichever day is important to you.