About the review

In November 2010 the Prime Minister David Cameron announced an independent review of how the Intellectual Property framework supports growth and innovation.

The Review was chaired by Professor Ian Hargreaves who was advised by an expert panel which met monthly. The chair and the panel have been independent in their approach, and open-minded in answering the questions posed by the Review's Terms of Reference.

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Professor Ian Hargreaves

Professor Ian Hargreaves holds the chair of Digital Economy at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School.

As a distinguished academic, journalist and public servant, he 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.

The panel

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

  • 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.

Timetable and public engagement

The Review sought relevant information from all those with an interest in its subject matter:

  • A public consultation published in December 2010 which ran until March 2011. The Call for Evidence and responses received are publically available.
  • Meetings with interested parties which took place from January 2011, a full list of stakeholders who met is included in Annex B of the final report;
  • Online communication, including the Review's website, a blog by Ian Hargreaves, and a Twitter account External Link. Comments relevant to the subject matter will be welcomed.

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Reviewed 18 May 2011