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Design in the UK: Setting the framework for global growth

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
16:00 - 19:00
Big Innovation Centre, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

In November 2011 the Prime Minister commissioned Professor Ian Hargreaves to conduct an independent review of the Intellectual Property Framework. Following extensive consultation Professor Hargreaves published his report, Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, which highlighted the importance of the design industry and concluded that:

The role of IP in supporting this important branch of the creative economy has been neglected. In the next 12 months, the Intellectual Property Office should conduct an evidence based assessment of the relationship between design rights and innovation, with a view to establishing a firmer basis for evaluating policy at the UK and European level...

With design and intellectual property being at the forefront of current discussion and debate, we were pleased to host this scoping event exploring two pieces of research from the Intellectual Property Office:

  • The Utility of the Design Legal Framework, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office and written by Speechly Bircham
  • UK Design as a Global Industry: International trade and intellectual property, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office and written by the Big Innovation Centre.

The event provided an opportunity for copyright owners, technology companies, users, consumers, academics and policymakers to explore the legal implications of design rights and the international scale of UK design and IP.

There was a panel discussion, Q&A session and networking event, chaired by David Musker, Partner at Jenkins. Speakers included:

  • Dids Macdonald, CEO, ACID (Anti Copying In Design)
  • Dr James Moultrie, Senior Lecturer – Design Management at the Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
  • Alexander Carter-Silk, Partner and Head of IP, Technology & Data, Speechly Bircham
  • Lorrie Humphrey, Head of Commercial – Intellectual Property & Technology Law, BAE Systems.

To read more about the research launched at the event, see our blog.

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