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IPAN meeting with the UK IP Attachés - London, Wed 29th October 2014: 


At today’s IPAN meeting, the IP Attaché team from the International Policy Group of the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) described their work helping UK exporters with IP protection and enforcement in the rapidly developing markets of Brazil, China, India and South East Asia and with Geneva based inter-governmental organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).



  Speaking at the meeting were:
     Adam Williams, Deputy Director
     Sheila Alves, IP Attaché for Brazil
     Grega Kumer, Senior IP Adviser, UK Mission in Geneva
     Christabel Koh, IP Attaché for South East Asia
     Tom Duke, IP Attaché for China



The meeting was one of a quarterly series of IPAN meetings held with the support of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) at its London offices where IPAN is based. The audience of about 40 IPAN members and their guests reflected a cross-section of IP users, IP lawyers and business people with an interest in the markets served by the attachés.


This was the attachés’ second meeting with IPAN and they gave updates on the developments and challenges in IP protection and enforcement since their first meeting in November 2013. They explained how they help businesses navigate the complex IP landscape in their markets, build knowledge in the IP community, support UK Trade & Investment in their business advice, and where possible help support individual business cases.

IPAN meeting -10 Sep 14: Stemming online piracy - "follow the money"

  • Mike Weatherley MP, IP Adviser to the Prime Minister and Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, spoke to a meeting of IPAN members in London about his parliamentary initiatives to stop online IP piracy and his role as special IP adviser at a meeting of IPAN members.

  • In his talk, Mike highlighted his background in IP, his two parliamentary competitions which were established to raise awareness of IP, Rock the House and Film the House. Mike also detailed what he has achieved as the IP Adviser to the PM, a role which he has held since September 2013. Mike has worked closely with both the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the new national Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit PIPCU.

  • You can read more about Mike's talk here
  • You can read about his latest report - Copyright Education and Awareness - published on 10 Oct here

  • The meeting followed the IPAN Annual General Meeting at which Professor Ruth Soetendorp took over the Chair role from Peter Prowse and John Ogier became the vice-Chair of IPAN.  Two new directors of IPAN were also appointed: Richard Gallafent (representing Ideas 21) and Nigel Worth (representing the Institute of International Licensing Practitioners).

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