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Reviewed 6 December 2010

Panel of experts advising independent review into IP and growth announced

The panel of experts advising the independent review into the intellectual property system was announced today.

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox revealed the panel will consist of Tom Loosemore, Roger Burt, Professor David Gann, Professor James Boyle and Professor Mark Schankerman.

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 last month.

In his speech, the Prime Minister set out the Government's ambition for London’s East End to become a world-leading technology city to rival Silicon Valley.

The panel of experts will advise the review chair, Ian Hargreaves. He is currently the chair of Digital Economy at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School.

Baroness Wilcox said:

"This review will help the government create the right conditions for businesses to grow. It will look at barriers to growth within the intellectual property system and the improvements that could be made to support businesses.

"It is essential the review is guided by a strong team with varied backgrounds and I am delighted we have achieved that."

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

  • Tom Loosemore has launched innovative internet services and has held senior positions in major media organisations, including BBC, Channel 4 and Ofcom. He worked on Martha Lane Fox's recent review of Government websites.
  • Roger Burt is the IP Law Counsel for IBM in Europe. He brings a business background to the panel with particular expertise in patents.
  • Professor David Gann is Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College. He has worked in the private sector as well as academia with a focus on the innovation process in organisations and how it is changing.
  • Professor James Boyle of Duke Law School is an expert in intellectual property law, open source production processes and new digital business models.
  • Mark Schankerman is a Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE) and at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. His research interests include R&D, innovation, and intellectual property rights.

Date of release: 6 December 2010