The panel of experts advising the independent review into the intellectual property system was announced today. Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox revealed the panel will consist of Tom Loosemore, Roger Burt, Professor David Gann, Professor James Boyle and Professor Mark Schankerman. The review was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron during a speech to an audience of high tech businesses and entrepreneurs in London’s East End last month.
In his speech, the Prime Minister set out the Government’s ambition for London’s East End to become a world-leading technology city to rival Silicon Valley.
The panel of experts will advise the review chair, Ian Hargreaves. He is currently the chair of Digital Economy at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School.
Baroness Wilcox said:
“This review will help the government create the right conditions for businesses to grow. It will look at barriers to growth within the intellectual property system and the improvements that could be made to support businesses. “It is essential the review is guided by a strong team with varied backgrounds and I am delighted we have achieved that.”
The review is expected to report in April next year and will look at:
- Barriers to new internet-based business models, including the costs of obtaining permissions from existing rights-holders;
- The cost and complexity of enforcing intellectual property rights within the UK and internationally;
- The interaction between IP and Competition frameworks;
- The cost and complexity to SMEs of accessing services to help them protect and exploit their IP.