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World IP Day

Each April, the IPAN Parliamentary Group organises a Westminster based invitation event for parliamentarians and IP opinion leaders celebrating World IP Day in the UK. Speakers in recent years have included Baroness Neville-Rolfe (IP Minister), Francis Gurry (WIPO), Giorgio Sincovich (Europol), Sebastian Conran, Lee Broom, Ian Callum (Jaguar), Luke Johnson (FT), Viscount Younger, Mike Weatherley and Pete Wishart (APPG for IP).

This annual event helps to promote the importance of IP to the future economy in the UK. Last year’s theme was “IP in the fast lane” and illustrated how IP is contributing to business sectors and economic growth. The key-note speaker was Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property.

This year the theme is Global Britain, Great for IP. Great for Britain. House of Commons Terrace, Palace of Westminster, Thursday 26th April 2018.


  • Debbie Bestwick MBE – CEO Team17, international computer games company
    What makes for success in entrepreneurial business and the role IP has in this.
  • Sam Gyimah MP – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for IP
    Opportunities for trade and growth, with particular reference to IP and the Government’s industrial strategy, both now and after the UK leaves the EU.
  • Tim Moss CBE – Chief Executive and Comptroller General, the Intellectual Property Office
    UK intellectual property in World Trade Opportunities.
  • Allie Renison – Head of Europe and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors
    Industry and trade from BREXIT and beyond, with particular reference to industrial and commercial opportunities for IP rich businesses.
  • Chris Warkup – CEO Knowledge Transfer Network – Innovate UK
    Encourage, engage and fund start-ups for world leading innovation and the role of intellectual property in this process.
World IP Day, 2018