IPAN is a network of professional and business organisations with a shared interest in improving general awareness and understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights.
unsure about "intellectual property" and why it's important?
IPAN can help with:
- basic facts about what is IP - intellectual property rights - patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and the like - to help you understand more about its importance in commerce and industry, especially in the UK
- useful IP resources from other websites including practical IP guides for start-up businesses.
- our Issue Briefs giving basic information about topical IP issues (revised: 2013)
- news from the IP scene such as:
- information about enforcement of IP rights
the information is intended for guidance to get you started - it is not a substitute for involving appropriate professional advisers
IPAN recent news
Help is at hand for British exporters concerned about IP protection in fast-growing markets
The economic importance of IP and its frequent undervaluation was stressed at the 3rd IPAN World IP Day Event at Westminster, 24th April
Pete Wishart MP, Vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for IP, hosted this IPAN event for parliamentarians in the Terrace Pavilion at Westminster yesterday, 24th April.
The panel of speakers included John Alty, CEO of the Intellectual Property Office, well-known entrepreneur Luke Johnson and award-winning designer Lee Broom and his business partner Charles Rudgard, for a discussion emphasising the key economic importance of IP and its protection to innovators and UK creative businesses.
The event was attended by over 80 people, including MPs and Peers from the major parties as well representatives from business, industry, brand-owners, universities and the professions.
"Rethink of IP teaching in UK Further Education needed" - according to recent survey
This is a finding from a new on-line survey of Student Attitudes to IP and its teaching published in October 2012. The survey was carried out by the National Union of Students in collaboration with IPAN and the Intellectual Property Office.
According to the survey students recognise that understanding IP is important for their education and future careers but fail to see any link between IP and their eventual commercial success (or failure).
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Membership is open to organisations interested in improving knowledge and understanding of IP and of its value to society.
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