This document sets out for consultation our proposal to test a change to Ofwat’s intellectual property rights (‘IPR’) policy for part of the catalyst stream within Breakthrough 2. This change will enable owners of background IPR to charge a licence fee at a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory rate for the use of the background IPR solely to the extent necessary for water companies to receive the benefit of the foreground IPR. We do not propose to make any other changes to the background IPR policy.
Where to send submissions
We welcome your responses to the consultation questions set out at section 3 of this document. Please email them to [email protected], with subject ‘Innovation IPR consultation August 2021’.
You can also submit your response by post to: Innovation IPR consultation, Ofwat, Centre City Tower, 7 Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4UA.
The closing date for this consultation is Monday 6 September 2021 at 9am. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this consultation, please contact the innovation team or by email at [email protected]