Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, has praised the important work of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), as he made his first visit to the Head Office in Newport.
Mike travelled to the IPO Headquarters, a trading name for the Patent Office, to see first-hand some of the important work that they do in granting and protecting Intellectual Property rights in the United Kingdom. As Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mike works closely with the IPO, particularly with regard to copyright and enforcement issues. More information on the IPO is available at www.ipo.gov.uk.
Commenting, Mike said: “It was really good to see for myself the vital work that the IPO is doing to protect and promote the importance of Intellectual Property across the country. While the creative industries contribute massively to our economy, a huge amount of revenue is being lost through illegal activities. In my IP Adviser role, I am working with a broad range of stakeholders and ministers to ensure that IP is protected, but also making sure that consumers have attractive options.”
Mike added, “I am incredibly proud of the fact that Brighton & Hove have a thriving creative industry. However, without respect for Intellectual Property, the future of creative works, locally and across the country, is under threat.”
Photo Caption – Mike is pictured with John Alty (Right), Chief Executive of the IPO and Bob Gilbert (Left), Chair of the IPO Steering Board.