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Reviewed 14 December 2009

New Chief Executive appointed at Intellectual Property Office

John Alty will become the new Chief Executive and Comptroller-General of the Intellectual Property Office, Minister of State for Intellectual Property announced today.

Currently Director General for Fair Markets at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, John brings with him broad experience of business, regulation and markets and will work to promote the Government’s innovation agenda, supporting creativity in the UK.

John Alty said:

"I am delighted to be taking up the Chief Executive post at the IPO. The IPO plays an essential role in supporting BIS’ aims of delivering economic growth and business success through supporting innovation.

"Our IP framework is also important to all of us as consumers of goods and services. I look forward to helping the Office to make a real impact in the UK and internationally."

Minister of State for Intellectual Property David Lammy said:

"I would like to welcome John to his new role at the Intellectual Property Office, at a time where innovation and invention are more important than ever to the UK’s economy.

"He has a wealth of experience that will be invaluable in taking the work of the IPO forward, especially around our recent Copyright Strategy, and I look forward to working with him."

John succeeds Ian Fletcher, who held the position of Chief Executive between April 2007 and October 2009, and will take up his role early next year. Sean Dennehey, currently interim Chief Executive, will continue in the role until John takes up his post.

Notes to editor

  • John Alty has been Director General in Fair Markets in BIS since 2005. Previous roles have included Director Business Relations and Director Europe in DTI, for whom he has worked for most of his career.
  • 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, comprising patents, designs, trademarks 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.
  • It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to IP to which the United Kingdom is a party.
  • For enquiries about this appointment, please contact the BIS press office on 0207 215 5979.
  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future

Date of release: 14 December 2009