We welcome the consultation documents and agree with the concerns and the objectives stated. The UK patent system is well-developed, has a great reputation and is highly effective. We believe that quality is essential and “balancing the books” vital. Reliance on renewal fees makes sense and we would be happy to see a small increase. The pre-grant fees are exceptionally low and we believe that an increase would not dissuade legitimate users of the system in any way, whilst potentially helping with frivolous users. We believe the use of e-systems should be encouraged strongly.
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