Sebastian Conran to brief MPs on intellectual property

Sebastian Conran will speak about the value of intellectual property at a parliamentary briefing later this month.

Conran will address the minister for IP and higher education David Lammy and about 15 parliamentarians on the importance of protecting designs, trademarks and patents.

The Intellectual Property Awareness Network, which is organising the event, claims that the value of patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright is now worth more to the UK economy than its manufacturing exports.

‘The briefing will aim to make parliamentarians, MPs and members of the House of Lords more aware of the value to the UK economy of intellectual property rights, so that future changes in legislation come about as a result of knowledge rather than lobbying,’ says an IPAN spokesman.

He claims that MPs and MEPs are often lobbied by single-interest groups opposed to certain areas of IP, such as champions of open-source software and some Green lobbyists.

‘IPAN’s only agenda is to make sure that legislators have as broad an understanding as possible of all the issues involved,’ says the spokesman.

The briefing will be held at the House of Commons on 25 June.

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