IPAN - realising the value of Intellectual Property

IPAN - the Intellectual Property Network - is a non-profit organisation working to improve understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights and their value to society.

IPAN has a broad membership drawn from professional and business organisations committed to improving IP awareness but does not lobby for any particular sector or viewpoint.

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IPANpress releases

February ICAEW Event: IP, Competitive Advantage and M&A in the Global Market -  expert panel discussion - London 26 Feb  2015: 8.30 - 10.30 am

John Ogier, IPAN's vice-chair, will join Rosa Wilkinson (Director of Innovation, Intellectual Property Office), David Rosenberg (VP IP Policy, GlaxoSmithKline) and Michael Gavey (Partner, Simmons & Simmons) in this expert panel discussion on IP, competitive advantage and M&A.  The discussion will be moderated by David Petrie (Head of Corporate Finance, ICAEW) during the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty event being hosted by Simmons & Simmons at their London offices from 8.30 - 10.30 am.  


The event coincides with the publication of the Corporate Finance Faculty's new guideline about IP and M&A, written by Mark Curtis, Michael Gavey and Lydia Torne of Simmons & Simmons. 


More information here

Book online here   [note: non-members of ICAEW will need to register with the website first]

IPAN news

IP : a 20/20 Vision - IPAN parliamentary event for World IP Day - London, Thursday 23rd April 2015, 6pm

We are delighted that Francis Gurry (Director General of WIPO) has agreed to be the keynote speaker at IPAN's fifth annual event celebrating World IP Day.  The speaker panel will also include Mike Ellis (Assistant Director, Interpol)
the event will be chaired by Mike Weatherley (former special IP adviser to the Prime Minister).   The speakers will provide an international perspective and details of work on IP enforcement within a Creative Industries focus around the WIPO theme: “2020 an IP vision”.


Because of the May General Election, this invitation only evening event will be held at the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Conference Room in the Riverside Building of County Hall on Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JA.


If you would like to attend, please contact Gary McFly at ipan@ipaware.net


Copyright policy and enforcement in UK - Ros Lynch updates IPAN meeting on 14th Jan 2015

Dr Ros Lynch Director of Copyright & Enforcement at the Intellectual Property Office gave an update about copyright policy and enforcement and the priorities of the Copyright Directorate to IPAN at its January meeting in the CIPA Hall in London.


Dr Lynch (pictured left with Prof. Ruth Soetendorp, the IPAN chair) gave a short slide presentation* summarising the work of the Directorate in 2014.  This included completion of the implementation of the Hargreaves recommendations on copyright exceptions, codes of practice for copyright collection societies, the Orphan Works licensing scheme, and Extended Collective Licensing.  


The Directorate was also actively involved in the June 2014 International IP Enforcement Summit organised jointly by the IPO, OHIM and the European Commission in London and attended by over 300 experts representing 30 countries. (The report of the Enforcement Summit is available on the OHIM site here ). Achieving international cooperation on copyright enforcement is critically important and Directorate staff are frequently in discussions with foreign copyright authorities. 


In the UK the Directorate works closely with the Police IP Crime Unit and is actively supporting the Creative Content UK initiative to roll out in the Spring 2015 a major multi-media education awareness campaign put together by content creators showing the value of copyright and licensed entertainment and how creative content can be legally obtained.  In Europe, the Commission's 2013 consultation on copyright reform drew 9500 responses for and against change to the copyright regime. The new Commission President is committed to progress a Digital Single Market package and a White Paper or proposals for Directives/Regulations is expected in May 2015.


Dr Lynch also spoke about continuing developments within the Copyright Hub (of which she had been CEO before she joined the IPO - the present CEO is Dominic Young).  The Hub is now led and financed by the creative industries rather than by UK Government. The aim is to make copyright work the way the internet works and, in partnership with Digital Catapult, the Hub is building open source technology to facilitate this.  The technology involves attaching identifiers to any content which can then be used to automatically find the rights owner thus allowing copyright licensing to become a simple machine to machine process, focused on high-volume, low-value “long tail” transactions. A first test live service for photos is tentatively planned for early in 2015.  More information can be obtained from the Copyright Hub website .


*Dr Lynch's presentation is available to IPAN members on request to ipan@cipa.org.uk

WIPO Magazine Article: IPAN and its work in the UK to improve understanding and importance of IP

In the December issue (p.26) of the WIPO Magazine, IPAN's Chair, Professor Ruth Soetendorp, describes how IPAN was set up and how it operates to help improve awareness and understanding of the importance of intellectual property and its protection.

read the full issue of the WIPO Magazine here

Leveraging IP protection to support exports in fast-growing markets

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


At this 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.

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