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Reviewed 10 November 2010

Ian Hargreaves to lead independent review into IP and growth

Professor Ian Hargreaves will lead an independent review into how the intellectual property system can better drive growth and innovation, it was announced today.

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox revealed the review would be led by the current chair of Digital Economy at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School.

The review was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron during a speech to an audience of high tech businesses and entrepreneurs in London’s East End on Thursday.

Baroness Wilcox said:

“Professor Hargreaves is a distinguished academic, journalist and public servant. I am delighted someone of his calibre will lead this important piece of work.”

Professor Hargreaves has held senior positions at the BBC, Financial Times, The Independent, and New Statesman.

He was a founding non-executive board member of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) and an executive board member, and Director of Strategic Communications at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In 2009 he was seconded part-time to conduct a review of Creative Industries in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government.

The review is expected to report in April next year and will look at:

  • Barriers to new internet-based business models, including the costs of obtaining permissions from existing rights-holders;
  • The cost and complexity of enforcing intellectual property rights within the UK and internationally;
  • The interaction between IP and Competition frameworks;
  • The cost and complexity to SMEs of accessing services to help them protect and exploit their IP.

Notes to Editors

  • The Intellectual Property Office is within the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights (IPR), comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge based economy.
  • IPO Press Officer: Paul Conroy 020 7215 5303

Date of release: 10 November 2010