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Patents do not protect small firms, says trade body

Dec 18, 2010, 19:05 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Patents do not give protection to inventive small businesses because they are impossible to enforce, an organisation claiming to represent small technology companies has said.

"In an open letter (two-page/486KB PDF) to Government ministers, the group said that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are not able to take advantage of the protection offered by patents.

""Some of your ... announcements demonstrate Whitehall's continued ignorance of the real issues facing Britain's largest group of innovators, SMEs," said the letter from the SME Innovation Alliance (SMEIA) to Chancellor George Osborne and Business Secretary Vince Cable."

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