New Routemaster design intellectual property and licensing after 1,000 vehicles purchased

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Dear Greater London Authority,

I have questions about the intellectual property of the New Routemaster design.

Since there are 1,000 New Routemaster buses in London service which enabled TfL to own the design rights of the New Routemaster bus.

Can you provide information and documents on the design rights, design licensing and intellectual property of the New Routemaster?

Does Alexander Dennis have a licence to manufacture buses using the NRM design features such as the the glazed staircase on their product design?

Under your previous administration with Mayor Boris Johnson. He presented a challenge to bus manufacturers to develop and build spin-off buses using the DNA from the New Routemaster bus. Can you provide me documents and information in relation to it please?

Can you provide me the correspondence between the Mayor Boris Johnson and bus manufacturers on presenting a challenge to manufacturers designing their own products using New Routemaster design features?

References to my questions

“TfL has applied to the Intellectual Property Office for Registered Design Protection for the new exterior of the New Bus for London shown today." (17 May 2010)

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-...

Transport for London Investment Decision Making - the New Routemaster Bus
New Routemaster Bus, item 6.

"TfL has a contract with Wrightbus to build the first 1,000 buses to the same specification, but once this milestone is achieved, TfL is free to contract other bus manufacturers to build buses incorporating the NRM’s design features."

Budget and Performance Committee – 8 March 2016
Transcript of Agenda Item 6

Leon Daniels (Managing Director - Surface Transport, Transport for London): "The principal thing is that it would allow us to take features of the design to other manufacturers and have them build it without any difficulty with Wrights. I do not want to overstate the intellectual property situation. There is more than one bit of intellectual property. When we get to 1,000, all of the issues relating to intellectual property fall away."

Leon Daniels (Managing Director - Surface Transport, Transport for London): "The Mayor had all the bus manufacturers in. It was ADL and Wrights who have been the first to come to the party. I am not surprised by that because they are the principal suppliers of buses in the London market. They are the principal suppliers in the UK market. We have yet to see what other manufacturers may well bring forward. They will be making some decisions about the likely volumes and so on."

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi...

Yours faithfully
Larry Bryant

Greater London Authority

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intellectual property and licensing after 1,000 vehicles purchased

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Dear Mr Bryant

Please find attached response in relation to your request for information

Yours sincerely

Paul Robinson
Information Governance Officer

Dear Greater London Authority,

I have questions about the intellectual property of the New Routemaster
design.

Since there are 1,000 New Routemaster buses in London service which
enabled TfL to own the design rights of the New Routemaster bus.

Can you provide information and documents on the design rights, design
licensing and intellectual property of the New Routemaster?

Does Alexander Dennis have a licence to manufacture buses using the NRM
design features such as the the glazed staircase on their product design?

Under your previous administration with Mayor Boris Johnson. He presented
a challenge to bus manufacturers to develop and build spin-off buses using
the DNA from the New Routemaster bus. Can you provide me documents and
information in relation to it please?

Can you provide me the correspondence between the Mayor Boris Johnson and
bus manufacturers on presenting a challenge to manufacturers designing
their own products using New Routemaster design features?

References to my questions

?TfL has applied to the Intellectual Property Office for Registered Design
Protection for the new exterior of the New Bus for London shown today. "
(17 May 2010)

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-...

Transport for London Investment Decision Making - the New Routemaster Bus
New Routemaster Bus, item 6.

"TfL has a contract with Wrightbus to build the first 1,000 buses to the
same specification, but once this milestone is achieved, TfL is free to
contract other bus manufacturers to build buses incorporating the NRM?s
design features. "

Budget and Performance Committee ? 8 March 2016
Transcript of Agenda Item 6

Leon Daniels (Managing Director - Surface Transport, Transport for
London): "The principal thing is that it would allow us to take features
of the design to other manufacturers and have them build it without any
difficulty with Wrights. I do not want to overstate the intellectual
property situation. There is more than one bit of intellectual property.
When we get to 1,000, all of the issues relating to intellectual property
fall away. "

Leon Daniels (Managing Director - Surface Transport, Transport for
London): "The Mayor had all the bus manufacturers in. It was ADL and
Wrights who have been the first to come to the party. I am not surprised
by that because they are the principal suppliers of buses in the London
market. They are the principal suppliers in the UK market. We have yet to
see what other manufacturers may well bring forward. They will be making
some decisions about the likely volumes and so on."

https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi...

Yours faithfully
Larry Bryant

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Dear GLA (Freedom of information)

Thanks for the email.

Unfortunately you have provided me with the correspondence for the 'New Bus for London' competition which was held during 2008 and 2009. This is not the information I've asked for.

Can I request to see the Mayor’s communications with the British bus manufacturers Alexander Dennis, Optare & Wrightbus between the years from 2008 till 2016 when Boris Johnson was Mayor of London.

Yours sincerely
Larry Bryant

Greater London Authority

    From: [FOI #608748 email]
    To: [Greater London Authority request email]
    Subject: RE: MGLA031019-3873 Freedom of Information request - New
Routemaster design intellectual property and licensing after 1,000
vehicles purchased

Thank you for contacting us about the work of the Mayor and/or City Hall.

 

We aim to respond to written communication as quickly as possible and
within 20 working days.

 

However, please note that we may not reply to correspondence we consider:

• Is addressed to another party and where the Mayor has been copied-in for
information only.
• Contains comments that do not require a response.
• Includes unsolicited job applications or CVs.
• Is trying to sell or market a product.
• To be vexatious or contains abusive or discriminatory language.

 

In addition, we will not respond where we specifically state that we are
unable to enter into correspondence (for example, when inviting responses
to consultation documents).

 

If you have written to request the release of information under the
Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) or Environmental Information Regulations
(EIR), please take this message as confirmation your request has been
received. We will aim to provide a response within the statutory 20
working day deadline.
Further information on our service standards, is available on our website
at: [1]http://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/contac....

 

Thank you again for writing.

 

Yours sincerely,
Public Liaison Unit

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Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

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Dear Mr Byant,

Please find attached our response to your request of 11 October 2019.

Information Governance Officer

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Dear GLA (Freedom of information)

Thanks for the email.

Unfortunately you have provided me with the correspondence for the 'New
Bus for London' competition which was held during 2008 and 2009. This is
not the information I've asked for.

Can I request to see the Mayor?s communications with the British bus
manufacturers Alexander Dennis, Optare & Wrightbus between the years from
2008 till 2016 when Boris Johnson was Mayor of London.

Yours sincerely
Larry Bryant

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