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MP’s Respond to the UK Government’s Enforcement Strategy Review

This week, the All-Party Intellectual Property Group has published its report to inform the IPO’s forthcoming five-year IP enforcement strategy of its recommendations.

Read the full report here.

Pete Wishart, MP Chair of the APPG for IP, a passionate champion of today’s IP creators, said,The findings within this report offer practical solutions to some of these key challenges. The Group hopes the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) not only takes these findings into consideration but adopts our recommendations as the strategy is renewed later this year.”

Key recommendations included the following:

  • Tackle and reduce illegal activity online
  • Introduce measures to improve the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Small Claims Track
  • Effective International IP Enforcement
  • Appoint and resource an IP attaché in Brussels and possible in the Middle East

The report has outlined a number of ways in which the UK’s IP enforcement regime could be enhanced to improve protection for UK creators and consumers. As the UK recovers from the pandemic and seeks to forge new relationships with partners across the world, it is vital that the Government takes steps to protect creativity and encourage future investment and innovation to stimulate the economy. Industries dependent on intellectual property are not only central to that recovery, but key to maintaining and enhancing the UK’s global economic and political position.

Dids Macdonald, OBE., Vice Chair of the Alliance for IP and CEO of ACID added, “The All-Party Parliamentary Group is a proactive supporter of all things IP and remain our strongest voice within Government. They consistently raise awareness about the importance of IP not only as a key motivator in “Building Back Better” but also from a perspective of strong enforcement. Their recommendations chime with ACID’s resolve to strengthen IP enforcement both in the UK and globally.” 

See the ACID response to the Enforcement Strategy here.

 Nick Kounoupias, ACID’s Chief Counsel and IP Director said, “We welcome this report from the APPG for IP and our resolve remains unchanged that until Government changes its attitude to the disparity between the protection offered to copyright creators and those of designers, UK designers remain unsupported in this Enforcement Strategy as it stands.”

More information about the APPG for IP can be found here.