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FAST Backs World Intellectual Property Day

April 26th 2015 recognises the contribution IP makes to the world

A host of leaders in Intellectual Property assembled at the Riverside Building of County Hall, London, for the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN)) celebration of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day on 26th April 2015, an event sponsored by the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).

With the keynote address given by Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, attendees heard speeches from a wide variety of experts within the field of Intellectual Property, including Giorgio Sincovich (senior IP adviser at Europol) and Sebastian Conran (Sebastian Conran Associates).

The speakers gave an international perspective and details of work on IP in encouraging innovation and creativity around IPAN's 2015 theme: “IP – a 2020 VISION”.

Mike Weatherley (former MP and IP adviser to the Prime Minister) also chaired an open Q&A session. IPAN itself used the event to launch its newly revised and updated 2015 Issue Briefs.

Julian Heathcote Hobbins, General Counsel, FAST and IPAN Director & Member, stated: “World IP Day offers a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to innovation and creativity which fundamental to the knowledge economy – this very much includes the software industry, where products and services are being developed at a rapid rate. Technological innovation shapes today’s world.

“Individuals and businesses who create improve the quality of life across the board and provide confidence to investors. Despite the current international challenges of agreement on IP issues there must be a clear and sustained campaign in IP education and awareness to advocate understanding about the value of Intellectual Property. In other words, a clear and accessible Intellectual Property framework that enables the grain of an idea to progress to a tangible right that monetises inventiveness through finance.”

Every year WIPO celebrates World Intellectual Property Day and in 2015, IPAN is marking this opportunity to promote how IP rights can help in an export-led recovery.

Julian concluded: “All Parliamentarians have an interest in the economic prosperity of this country so they must all be familiar with the value of IP. FAST recently launched its own manifesto for the software industry and IP and whatever shape and form the next government takes next month, it’s critical that it maintains a pro-IP stance. MPs and Lords who know about IP will lead to sensible law making at Westminster, fit for an increasingly knowledge based economy founded on intellectual capital. This will help drive the UK recovery forward.”