Mike Champions Intellectual Property in Parliament

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, has delivered a speech in the Chamber of the House of Commons to raise awareness of Intellectual Property.

During the Second Reading debate of the Intellectual Property Bill, Mike pointed out how important the creative industries are to the UK economy and how many different groups, including young musicians in his Hove and Portslade constituency, will lose out if Intellectual Property rights are not properly regulated. To help accomplish this, Mike pointed out that education about IP must be improved so that the public fully understand that stealing Intellectual Property is damaging to both the country and the economy.

Mike was appointed by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, in September as his adviser on Intellectual Property, with a particular focus on enforcement. As an MP, Mike has pushed hard to raise awareness of Intellectual Property Rights amongst his colleagues. Mike’s Rock the House initiative, which is now Parliament’s largest competition, is a popular vehicle which achieved this aim. For more information on the Intellectual Property Bill, click here.

In his speech, Mike said: “By valuing intellectual property, we help not only the UK businesses and investors that take the brunt of the litigation headaches arising from intellectual property and copyright infringement, but the consumers by ensuring that the public are able and willing to buy the most legitimate product available, and that creators or authors of products are financially remunerated.”

Commenting, Mike said: “The Intellectual Property Bill is an excellent vehicle through which the Government is addressing a number of revisions to our laws which govern Intellectual Property. While the Bill primarily covers patents and copyright, the debate on the Bill is a great opportunity to champion the important of Intellectual Property to both our country and our economy.”

To read the speech in full, click here.