Meetings


On Tuesday, 21st February 2017 at 5pm in Committee Room 21, the All-Party Intellectual Property Group will be holding the second evidence session of its Inquiry into the protection of Intellectual Property.

The witnesses will include;

If you are interested in attending please contact the APPG secretariat by emailing tomwoolhouse@luther.co.uk


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property
Inquiry into the Protection of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is vital to economic prosperity in the UK. It is the foundation upon which people can derive value from their innovation and investment. From small businesses and creators to larger companies, intellectual property fuels their creativity and research and development, providing new products, content and ideas for global markets.

In a globalised world, intellectual property is what can differentiate our economy and enable the UK to compete internationally, creating employment, funding research and pushing the UK up the knowledge value chain. The UK might not be able to always compete on cost with lower-wage economies, but it can compete if our products, services and content have higher value, driven by intellectual property.

Investment in intellectual property is only sustainable, however, if it can be monetised which requires it to have a strong level of protection.

The UK’s decision to exit the European Union offers potential new opportunities to build new trade agreements internationally. It also offers an opportunity to look at how the UK protects its intellectual property at home and abroad. The current legal framework is strong but is always being challenged by new forms of technology and at times a lack of enforcement activity.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property is seeking to hear where there are new challenges to the intellectual property framework and what steps the Government could do to either strengthen the law or improve enforcement of current protection, with the understanding that the public finances are likely to make increased spending in this area challenging.

Ahead of two evidence sessions in February, the Group is keen to hear answers to the following questions:

1) What are the emerging threats to intellectual property your business or industry is facing?
2) What two things would you like to see changed to improve the protection or enforcement of intellectual property.


On 2nd November 2016, the APPG for Intellectual Property and APPG for Publishing held a joint meeting to investigate the priorities for the creative industries post-Brexit, along with the challenges and opportunities which they now face.

Pete Wishart MP chaired the meeting and was joined by the Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, Baroness Rebuck and Lord Clement-Jones. Speakers representing the creative industries included John McVay (PACT), Ian Moss (BPI), Stan McCoy (MPA) and Susie Winter (Publishers Association).


The APPG Intellectual Property AGM

Subject: APPG Intellectual Property & APPG Publishing

Digital Single Market and Brexit
Tuesday 2nd November, 4:00 – 5.30pm
Committee Room 21, House of Commons

The meeting will hear about the latest developments with regards the EU’s Digital Single Market proposals and how the UK’s negotiating position, and influence, has been impacted by the vote to leave the EU. The Groups are also keen to understand the broader impact, positive and negative of Brexit.


The APPG Intellectual Property AGM

On Tuesday 5th July the All-Party Group on Intellectual Property held their AGM. The following officers were elected:

Chair, Pete Wishart
Treasurer, Jim Dowd
Secretary, Andrew Bingham
Vice-Chair, Lord-Clement Jones
Vice-Chair, David Warburton

The officers also approved the income and expenditure statement for the previous year.


The APPG Intellectual Property and the APPG small Business Meeting

On 22nd March The APPG Intellectual Property and the APPG Small Business held a joint meeting to investigate the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses in promoting, protecting and valuing their Intellectual Property (IP). Pete Wishart MP chaired the meeting and he was joined by Jim Dowd MP and Lord Clement-Jones.

The Group has since written a paper setting out the arguments of the witnesses and the conclusions. You can view the document here.


Subject: APPG Intellectual Property & APPG Small Business

Small Businesses and IP
Tuesday 22nd March, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Committee Room 19, House of Commons

The APPG Intellectual Property and APPG Small Business will be holding a joint meeting on Tuesday 22nd March to investigate the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses in promoting, protecting and valuing their Intellectual Property (IP).

Small businesses are delivering innovation and driving competition in both the knowledge and manufacturing economies, making the UK a world leader in the creative, branded and design industries. IP underpins this success, providing lone, micro and small businesses with the security they need to invest. However, research released by the Federation of Small Businesses reveals that concerns on issues such as IP infringement and access to finance means that many of these small businesses still struggle to maximise the potential of their IP.

Ahead of the session, we are running a short survey in order to gather further evidence on the experiences of IP-rich businesses. The survey can be found online here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZYYWC9F

Other organisations, such as large businesses, trade associations and enforcement organisations are also welcome to submit their thoughts. The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Tuesday 9th March.

If you would like any further information, or if you are interested in attending the APPG session, please e-mail the APPG Intellectual Property secretariat at: Alliance@luther.co.uk


Subject: All-Party Group meeting on the Digital Single Market

The All-Party Group for Intellectual Property held a meeting on the Digital Single Market, with Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and Baroness Neville-Rolfe, DBE CMG, Minister for Intellectual Property.

It was a public meeting and was chaired by Pete Wishart, Chair of the Group. Other members of the Group, Jim Dowd, Lord Clement-Jones, Andrew Bingham and David Warburton also attended.

You can find a summary of the meeting here


Subject: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Intellectual Property will be holding a public meeting with Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE,MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The meeting will offer an opportunity to better understand the Government’s approach to negotiations on the Digital Single Market in light of the Commission’s publication

External Speaker:
Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE,MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Date: January 26th 2016
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Committee Room 20


Subject: Creative Content UK
External Speaker:
Marianne Grant, Senior Vice-President, Motion Picture Association

Date: October 19th
Time: 4-5pm
Place: Committee Room 7