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1,300 jobs are at risk in Ireland after the Irish government announced plans to ban companies from using patents to sue customers over alleged infringements.
The country’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Skills, Richard Bruton, has said the ban will apply to all new products and applications, as well as existing ones.
The move follows a number of patent expiry notices issued in recent years.
In a joint statement with the Irish Government, the companies behind the new patent system said they would use the new system to enforce their intellectual property rights and prevent “any future infringements”.
The Irish Government said it is committed to supporting the development of innovative new technologies and to innovation and the economic growth of the country.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has been lobbying to have the system introduced as part of the EU-Ireland Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Mr Bruton said the decision will give the Government the legal authority to enforce patents against businesses.
The ban on new patents, which applies to both new products as well in existing products, will begin to take effect in 2018.
“It’s going to be a very significant event,” he said.
“The world of technology is moving in the direction of more innovation and that’s exactly what this is going to do for the future of the Irish economy.”
We need innovation and we need that in the digital space, but we also need competition in the global marketplace.
“This is the best way to do that.”
Patent expiry noticeThe proposed system is expected to have a large impact on the Irish car market, which has seen an unprecedented increase in sales in recent months.
Last year, sales rose to $13bn (£9bn) from $10bn in 2015, according to the International Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (IAMA).
Last year’s figures are likely to be even higher this year, as the country expects a record amount of car registrations to be made.
A similar ban was in place in Germany, which saw a similar increase in registrations in 2016.
The IMA said that Ireland had the highest share of registrations in the European Union for the year 2016, but said the country also had the lowest share of cars sold.
“There are a lot of countries where the market is going from strength to strength and we’re seeing a lot more companies coming in to this space,” IMA chief executive Guy McAlister told the Irish broadcaster RTE.
“I think the IMA is very much supportive of the idea of patent-free car markets in the world and I think the government is committed, I think, to support the development and support the growth of this technology and I’m sure that the industry will support the idea.”
The IAA said it had heard from a number companies that were looking at the idea, but was not able to give a timeframe for when it would be introduced.
The Government has previously announced plans for a patent-based patent system, which it says would help to boost competition and boost innovation in the Irish market.
Last week, the Government also announced that it will invest €3bn in new technology to help boost the country’s car industry, with €4bn coming from an investment of €1bn already approved in 2016, which was a €2bn boost over the previous year.
In the UK, the British Motor Association has warned that the government’s patent system could cause a trade war between the UK and Ireland.
“Patent-free cars would be a nightmare for the UK’s auto industry,” a spokesperson for the BMA told the Financial Times.
“And if we’re not able as a country to make this kind of deal, it could damage our competitiveness.”
The Irish government said it will publish a consultation paper in the coming weeks on the plans, which are expected to be published by the end of the year.
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