IPAN - realising the value of Intellectual Property

 

 

IPAN - the Intellectual Property Awareness Network

an independent non-profit organisation working to improve understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property (IP) rights and their value to society

IPAN's activities are focused through its Education, Parliament and Economics & Finance work-groups but it doesn't lobby for any particular sector or viewpoint


 

 


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IP challenges in global finance industry discussed at IPAN meeting 10 Nov 16

Calum Smyth (Barclays PLC) with IPAN chairman John Ogier

 

Calum Smyth, Global Head of Intellectual Property for Barclays PLC, gave a presentation providing an insight into the challenges facing the global finance industry, following the 5th IPAN Annual General Meeting, held in the offices of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in London on Wednesday 10th November.  

 

Calum (pictured right with the new IPAN chairman, John Ogier) centred his talk on how his own large established bank is addressing the challenges which stimulated a range of questions from the audience of IPAN members and invited guests.

 

 



ARE UNIVERSITIES LETTING OUR STUDENTS DOWN?

 

University students and IP - IPAN publishes new research survey of student and staff views in UK universities

 

 Students want better understanding about IP and how it impacts them, as evidenced in a new IPAN research report: University IP policy – perception and practice launched on 27th July 2016 in the CIPA Hall, Chancery Lane, London. 

 
The research, commissioned by IPAN and carried out by the National Union of Students Insight research group, surveyed the views about IP, its teaching and policy impact, of 2800 students and 250 teaching staff across 150 UK Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). 
The report was prepared by Prof. Ruth Soetendorp, Mandy Haberman and Steve Smith of the IPAN Education Group, based on the analysis and other survey findings generated by the NUS Insight.

 

Introducing the report to an audience including invited guests from the world of IP higher education, the well known entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Rod Aldridge (pictured centre right with members of the IPAN Education Group), emphasised his support for the report's recommendations and his enthusiasm that all future entrepreneurs learn about IP.

 

 

Welcoming the report, the National Union of Students has stated:

NUS is pleased with the research that IPAN has produced, which provides crucial insight into the levels of student understanding in intellectual property rights. It is clear that a knowledge of intellectual property rights is becoming increasingly important for students to protect themselves and support their future careers. Yet, the research shows that a worrying number of both students and staff are either confused by IP or have little to no knowledge of their rights.

NUS is currently looking at ways of working with IPAN, the IPO and its member unions to help improve student access to the information they need on intellectual property. With more than one in ten students looking to their students’ union for advice on this topic, it is clear that unions and their advice centres have a role to play.

 

 

The research was the second IP study commissioned by IPAN from the National Union of Students (NUS) Insight research group.  Students and teachers/tutors from UK universities and other HEIs were surveyed by online questionnaires in the summer of 2015 about IP, its teaching and policy impact, within their own institution.

 

Understanding and operation of IP policy is inconsistent across institutions.

 

Staff assume they understand what IP is, and how IP policies operate for their students, but the extent of understanding is uncertain. 

 

76% of staff are in favour of teaching IP but 32% apparently don’t know whether it’s taught or not iin their own institution.

 

Students want to understand more about IP and its implications for them and their future careers; they expect university teaching staff to be able to advise them about IP but staff are reluctant and feel ill-prepared to do so.

 

Students expect more to be done by their university to protect their interests in work that goes on public display at end of year degree shows. 

 

International students entering a UK HEI are more likely to have heard about IP than UK educated colleagues.

 

The report concludes with recommendations to higher education policy makers and those concerned with future enterprise capacity of UK plc.

 

 

 

University IP policy - perception and practice:

research report (less appendices)

report appendices

IPAN press release (1 Aug 16)


A limited number of printed copies of the report is available.  If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like a copy, please contact IPAN at <ipan@ipaware.net> or phone 0207 4409360.

 


IPAN World IP Day Celebration - 26th April 2016 - House of Commons: "IP in the Fast Lane"

 Baroness Neville-Rolfe addressing IPAN's sixth World IP Day event attended by Parliamentarians, senior opinion leaders, policy-makers, educationalists and users of the IP system


Speaking to a packed audience of intellectual property opinion leaders and parliamentarians, in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK IP Minister, said:

The process of digitisation has transformed the world around us at a furious pace. It has revolutionised the way we work; the way we interact; and the way we shop.

 

In the emergent digital economy, our collaborative effort is key to maintaining a strong and responsive IP system that serves us all.

Reflecting the theme - IP In The Fast Lane - Dr Paolo Aversa, a Fellow of the Centre for Automotive and Mobility Innovation at University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, explained how technical advances in Formula 1 had shaped technological advances on our roads and the important role for IP.


Other speakers reflecting on the theme were: Dr Anthony Tridico, of Finnegan, an expert in post-grant proceedings for US and European Patent Law, and John Ogier, an IP economist and Vice-Chair of IPAN.

 

Pete Wishart MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on IP, kindly hosted the event which was chaired by Professor Ruth Soetendorp, Chair of IPAN.

 

►More about IPAN's special World IP Day 2016 event

 

►Event video produced in association with Ideas Matter

 

The IPAN Issue Briefs, newly updated for 2016, were published at the World IP Day event and printed copies given to all attendees.

 

 

IPAN activities and events

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Our members include a broad range of professional and business organisations with a shared commitment to raising awareness and understanding of IP and its value to society.

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