Alliance marks 10 years of achievement with call for more action
But Alliance urges government departments to work more closely to ensure IP is at core of public policy making
5 June 2008
For 10 years the Alliance has been campaigning for an IP regime that truly protects IP rights. A great deal has been achieved:
But progress continues to be hampered by a lack of co-ordination from the numerous government departments that have a role to play in ensuring IP rights are protected and IP law effectively enforced.
Departments from Innovation, Universities and Skills and Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Culture, Media and Sport, to the Home Office, Ministry and Justice and Communities and Local Government all have policy responsibilities which impact the ability to create a coherent IP regime. For example:
Alliance Chair, Lavinia Carey, said:
“While having made the case at a political level for IP rights to be properly protected and seen through a number of policy improvements, the fact the Alliance is still going strong after 10 years reflects the now much bigger need to place IP at the core of public policy making.
“UK Industry continues to lose at least £10 billion a year from IP theft – a figure likely to grow with the explosion of illegal filesharing sites, digital copyright and trade mark theft and on-line trade in fakes – with serious criminal gangs ever ready to exploit the ease with which they can ply their illegal wares.
“Tackling this effectively is only possible with all parts of government working together and fully appreciating the economic, social and consumer impact of IP theft. Industry clearly has a role to play here too, and the Alliance is ready and willing to be government’s partner in ensuring that, with the rapid technological changes we face, the UK’s IP regime continues to be robust, effective and fit for purpose.”
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