Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed the 14th annual World IP Day, which this year falls on Saturday 26th April.
World IP Day, which was established in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), is held every year on 26th April. The day is marked in to promote discussion of the role of Intellectual Property in encouraging innovation and creativity. For more information on WIPO, click here.
Mike recently wrote to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, to praise the excellent work of the newly-formed national Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), which tackles IP crime around the country.
In his statement, the Prime Minister said: “Helping UK business develop its IP has been a top priority for the Government and we have made some good progress with new funding, new tax incentives and improved enforcement when things do go wrong. I want us to continue that journey.”
Commenting, Mike said: “Intellectual Property is so important to our country. The creative industries alone add over Ł70 billion to our economy, which is why we must protect that asset. I am pleased that the Prime Minister has marked the importance of Intellectual Property on World IP Day and will continue to champion the significance of IP in my role as his adviser.”