Welcome to the website of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group.

The UK’s creative economy accounts for 7% of our GDP and involves a range of different industries including music, film, software, manufacturing and publishing. What links these various industries is reliance on a strong and effective IP regime.

While ministerial responsibility for IP lies with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the range of industries and interests involved means a number of government departments and agencies have roles and responsibilities which impact on the success, or otherwise, of UK businesses – both small and large.

The Group was launched in 2003 as a response to this and to create a resource for parliamentarians of both Houses interested in learning more about intellectual property (IP), its role in stimulating creativity and economic growth, how new services are developing to serve consumer needs, and the harm that can be caused when IP is not properly respected and protected. Luther Pendragon provides administrative support to the group on behalf of the Alliance for IP (the Alliance).

Established in 1998, the Alliance is a UK-based coalition of trade associations and enforcement bodies with an interest in ensuring the value and of and contribution to the UK economy of intellectual property rights is properly understood and that these rights can be protected and enforced.

The Alliance for Intellectual Property represents 23 trade associations from across the creative, branded and design sectors with a collective interest in ensuring that IP rights are valued in the UK and that a legislative regime exists which enables the value and contribution of these rights to be fully realised. Our members include representatives of the audio visual, music, games and software, sports rights, branded manufactured goods, publishing, retailing and design sectors.