Sam Gyimah, MP has been appointed Minister for Intellectual Property as part of his role as Minister for Higher Education and will be working within the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He has been MP for East Surrey since 2010 (2017 majority 23,914) and was previously Prisons Minister in the Ministry of Justice.
Dids Macdonald, OBE., and CEO of ACID said, “We look forward to engaging with Mr Gyimah on design issues and with a special focus on ensuring UK designers’ IP rights are not eroded post Brexit if they lose EU unregistered design rights on which the majority rely. We will also be continuing our existing dialogue to ensure that criminal sanctions also apply to unregistered UK design rights in line with copyright. The previous Minister, Jo Johnson, MP., with responsibility for intellectual property had such a broad brief that, at times, stakeholders including ACID felt that there was little time to devote to the very serious issues of counterfeiting, fakes and copies which continue to be an exhausting and financially impossible drain especially on lone, micro and SME designers and design brands. I hope this will change under his stewardship!”
Born in the UK in 1976 in Beaconsfield to Ghanian parents, his father was a GP and his mother a nurse. When he was six years old his parents split up and his mother returned to Ghana with Gyimah and his younger brother and sister while his father remained in the UK.
For the next 10 years Gyimah attended a state school in Ghana before returning to the UK to take his GCSEs and A-levels at Freman College, a state comprehensive in Hertfordshire. He then went on to Somerville College at the University of Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.
On graduation, Gyimah joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker, leaving the company in 2003 to set up Clearstone Training and Recruitment Limited with fellow Conservative MP Chris Philp. In 2007, he was elected Chairman of the Bow Group Think Tank and edited an anthology of essays on the Future of the Conservative Party (‘From the Ashes…’).
Gyimah was appointed as a Government Whip in October 2013, having previously been Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister (David Cameron) since the 2012 reshuffle.
He is married to Dr Nicky Black, a New Zealander with whom he has a son and a daughter.