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The future for intellectual property and copyright regulation in the UK

Morning, Friday, 8th April 2022


The focus for this conference is priorities for future intellectual property and copyright regulation in the UK.


The conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the key issues including:

  • regulation and enforcement:
    • the evolving framework following the UK leaving the EU
    • the outlook for the regulation of IP and copyright going forward
    • developments in areas such as the exhaustion of IP rights and the impact on parallel trade 
  • supporting innovation:
    • assessing the role of IP and copyright regulation in supporting innovation and fostering economic growth
    • latest thinking on the aims outlined in the Government’s Innovation Strategy, including plans to:
      • improve IP education outreach to the business and research communities
      • support SMEs to commercialise their IP
      • ensure that intangible assets - including IP - are properly considered as part of lending decisions 
  • priorities for future-proofing the IP framework - including in the context of increasing use of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on IP
  • the international IP environment - key issues for rights holders and other stakeholders, and helping to enable them to make informed decisions, with the Innovation Strategy setting out plans for the IPO to launch an International IP Service

The discussion takes place against the backdrop of policy initiatives aimed at reforming intellectual property and copyright regulation, including:

  • the UK’s future exhaustion of intellectual property rights regime consultation
  • the IPO consultation on AI and IP which seeks to futureproof the copyright and patents regime while encouraging innovation in the sector
  • the CMA study of the music streaming market, following the DCMS select committee’s report into the Economics of Music Streaming
  • the modernisation and digitalisation of the IPO

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Tim Moss, Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General, Intellectual Property Office - as well as contributions from the Alliance for Intellectual Property; BT; Gowling WLG; Lewis Silkin;  the Premier League; the Publishers Association; and; the World Intellectual Property Organization.


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the House of Commons Library and officials from DCMS; the IPO; Ofcom; Government Legal Department; HM Revenue & Customs; and DIT.



Keynote Speaker

Tim Moss

Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General, Intellectual Property Office

Keynote Speaker

Tim Moss

Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General, Intellectual Property Office

Speakers

Giles Crown

Joint Managing Partner, Lewis Silkin

Edward Kwakwa

Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization

William Bush

Executive Director, Premier League

Scott Roberts

Head of Patents, BT

Daniel Guthrie

Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property

Matt Hervey

Partner, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Gowling WLG

Stephen Lotinga

Chief Executive, Publishers Association